Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Pee Wee Saloon

Marker ID: THC 4E 83
Location: in front of the Hard Rock Cafe on Beale Street. Marker, Memphis, TN
County: Shelby
Coordinates: N 35° 8.362    W 090° 3.054
  35.13936666    -90.0509
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM35JA


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."

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.