Steve, thank you for your article on Furry. You really captured the Furry I remembered when I interviewed him at his home on Maury a few months before his death. We knocked off several shot glasses of Ten High Bourbon that day, as I recall. And yes, I remember your dad including at least one (and sometimes several) Furry songs in his concerts. For those of you who would like to listen to more Furry, I recommend these albums: "Furry Lewis In His Prime 1927-1928" on Yazoo Records; "Shake "em on Down", a live recording from 1961 on Fantasy; and (if you can find it) "Party at Home" recorded for Arcola Records at Furry's apartment at Beale and Vance a few months after Martin Luther King's assassination . It also features another blues legend - Bukka White. Finally, there is an absolutely wonderful song composed and sung by Joni Mitchell on her album "Hejira." The song is called "Furry Sings The Blues" and perfectly captures the glory days of Beale Street and the dear man who kept its memory alive.
I would like to amend some of the comments I made on the WPTY news last Friday. First of all, I was ambushed in the parking lot of Schnuck's Midtown by a person who did not not identify herself as a reporter. I thought she was conducting a survey. Imagine my surprise when a cameraman suddenly showed up and handed her a microphone with a WPTY logo. The comment I made on-air is true. I shop at both Kroger's Poplar Plaza and Schnuck's Midtown. Generally speaking, prices on most items are cheaper at Kroger's. However, there are certain speciality items in Schnuck's Deli, Meat and Bakery departments that are unavailable or superior to Kroger. That's something I will surely miss. But the midtown Schnuck's is a dark and depressing place to shop. It desperately needs light from a window facing Union Avenue. There are some employees who are courteous and helpful but most seem to be marking time until their shift is over. At Kroger, the checkout clerks are generally friendlier, there's somebody to alert you when the line is shorter at another station, and it's much easier to get someone to help you find certain items in the store. While I am no fan of big national chains taking over local businesses, Schnuck's is based in St. Louis, not Memphis. Like many Memphians, I too have fond memories of Seesel's. Schnuck's, however, is not Seesel's.
By Toby Sells
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