VOL. 9 | NO. 21 | Saturday, May 21, 2016
May 20-26: This Week in Memphis History
2006: Shelby County’s reliance on manufacturing jobs is dropping, according to state labor figures, which show that 14 manufacturing companies have closed or cut back their workforces in Shelby County since January 2003. The closings and cutbacks account for the loss of 1,240 jobs.
The losses include 98 jobs at Coors Brewing Co., 5151 East Raines Road; 112 workers at Memphis Hardwood Flooring Co., 1551 Thomas St.; and 327 employees at Great Dane LP at 1095 Harbor Ave.
1984: Cotton Carnival MusicFest at the Mid-South Fairgrounds. Gregg Allman plays two nights in a lineup that also features the first Memphis performance by Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble, touring in support of their debut album “Texas Flood,” released a year earlier. Other performers are Berlin, The Bar-Kays, Vince Gill, Moe Bandy, The Romantics and Chuck Berry.
1959: The “Big Show of ’59” at Martin Stadium, featuring Brook Benton, Miss Lavelle, Little Willie John, The Gibralters and The Upsetters, which had been Little Richard’s backing band on such hits as “Good Golly Miss Molly,” “Lucille” and “Long Tall Sally.”
Two years before the tour that brought The Upsetters to the home of the Negro League baseball Memphis Red Sox, Little Richard had abruptly announced his retirement from rock ‘n’ roll during a concert tour in Australia after claiming he saw a sign from God.
Source: “Memphis Rocks” by Ron Hall
1930: On the front page of The Daily News, Mayor Watkins Overton is about to set a date for a public hearing on the Chickasaw Motorbus Co.’s proposal to run buses on city routes in competition with streetcars. The president of the Memphis Street Railway Co., T.H. Tutwiler, says his company is willing to get into the bus business in addition to running its streetcars.