VOL. 9 | NO. 30 | Saturday, July 23, 2016
July 22-28, 2016: This week in Memphis history
1966: The “Where the Action Is” tour at the Mid-South Coliseum is topped by The Young Rascals along with Paul Revere & The Raiders, The Knickerbockers, The Critters, B.J. Thomas, Steve Alaimo and Tina Mason. The tour is an extension of the popular afternoon show hosted by the Raiders and produced by Dick Clark.
1950: Shelby County elections are approaching, topped by a special election for Memphis mayor. An ad in The Daily News touts the “Overton-Hale ticket,” topped by Mayor Watkins Overton in the special election for mayor and E.W. Hale for the Shelby County Commission. The ballot also backs U.S. Rep. Clifford Davis for re-election in the Democratic primary. There are no Republican primaries in Shelby County.
Overton has been appointed mayor by the city commission following the resignation of Memphis Mayor James J. Pleasants Jr. the year before. Overton had first served as mayor in the 1920s and 1930s, until differences with political boss E.H. Crump prompted Overton to resign in 1939. He returned a decade later and won the 1950 election, then resigned again in 1953 in another break with Crump.
1923: On the front page of The Daily News, Klub Royale reopens on North Parkway opposite the Tri-State Fairgrounds, with a “record crowd” on hand at the “dancing resort” that has new management and recently underwent renovations. The Jolly Jazz Boys, a group of “syncopators” organized at the Melody Music Shop, are booked for the weekend.
• At Russwood Park, the Memphis Chicks play the Mobile Bears, and Babe Herman of the Chicks hits the first home run out of the park in a regular season Southern League game at Russwood. Herman would make his Major League Baseball debut in 1926 with the Brooklyn Robins, where he would bat .393 in the 1930 season, hitting 35 home runs. He played 19 years in the majors, including on the later Brooklyn Dodgers.