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Tom Leatherwood
Historical Markers of Shelby County

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Pee Wee Saloon (P. Wee Saloon)

Pee Wee's Saloon was the favorite meeting spot for Memphis musicians in the early 20th Century W.C. Handy used the cigar counter to write out copies of the Beale Street Blues for his band members. One of those songs, written for the 1909 political campaign was first named "Mr. Crump," for the Memphis mayor and political boss. Later with new lyrics it became famous as "The Memphis Blues."