Today we are very excited to announce that the Memphis & Shelby County Room is the new repository for WREG Channel 3’s broadcasts of the Memphis in May Sunset Symphony. Late last year WREG graciously donated their broadcasts to the library and we have been hard at work preparing these to go up on Dig Memphis for your enjoyment. The broadcasts span a 12 year period from 1988 -2000 and include such highlights as the 20th Anniversary concert (1996), performances from Ruby Wilson (1992) and Isaac Hayes (1994), a symphonic work composed by the King of Thailand (1995) and, of course, many renditions of “Ol’ Man River” by the inimitable James Hyter (1988-1998).
We are going to be rolling out all these broadcasts over the next few weeks but today you can view both the entirety of the 1994 and 1998 broadcasts on Dig Memphis (all the broadcasts will also be available on our Vimeo channel). While every concert is a treat, we have chosen to post these two broadcasts first because of their special significance: the 1994 broadcast features a special performance from Isaac Hayes (including the “Theme from ‘Shaft'”) and the 1998 broadcast represents the end of an era with the final performances of both Maestro Alan Balter and James Hyter.
We would once again like to give a large and sincere Thank You to WREG for the donation of these videos, insuring that, although the Sunset Symphony is no longer a part of Memphis in May, music lovers the world over can watch these incredible performances whenever they desire. Enjoy!
The 1994 broadcast may be viewed by following these links: Part 1, Part 2.
The 1998 broadcast may be viewed by following these links: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.
In 2004, the library’s TV station (WYPL) first aired a new show called “Memphis Sounds with George Klein.” Each month George Klein would sit down with local musicians, legends and others related to the music industry to discuss the past, present, and future of our city’s musical heritage. We have digitized a few episodes of that show and they are now available for your viewing pleasure on Dig Memphis. They will eventually be added to our Vimeo channel as well. So if you’d like to hear from Jerry Lee Lewis, Isaac Hayes, Jim Dickinson, Sid Selvidge, Sam the Sham, Kallen Esperian and many, many more… take a look and listen.
Memphis Sounds with George Klein – Episode 32 from Dig Memphis on Vimeo.
As G.K. would say, “Rock on, Memphis!”
Happy New Year! I’ve been a bad, bad blogger…
It might seem like we’re not doing much here in the Memphis Room, but the truth is we’ve been doing too much! We’ll have other updates soon, but first a few things we need to catch up on:
Many congratulations to our volunteer Vincent Astor on his new book. Nobody knows more about Memphis theaters than Vincent. Pick up a copy – it’s available everywhere!
New episodes of The Memphis Room are available in the archive and on our Vimeo page. Enjoy interviews with Honey Scheidt, Lewis Donelson and Father Don Mowery.
It’s been a long time since we last did an update of new collections. The following collections have been added to the Memphis Room:
Joe Bennett Collection, Tennessee Children’s Home Society Collection, Hotel Greeters of America – Women’s Division Delta Chapter No. 59 Collection, J.B. Mann Suffrage Collection, John Ford Canale Collection, Rowlett Paine Collection, W.C. Handy Beale Street Collection, Emma K. Meacham Collection, Beebe Woodside Collection, Gerald & Barbara Dowdy Collection, Pearl Harbor Survivors Association Collection, Bryan Eagle Family Collection, Gwen R. Awsumb Collection, Ronco Spaghetti Company Collection, Awsumb Architectural Collection, Reverend Eron M. Sharp Collection Addendum, Memphis Architectural Collection, United Daughters of the Confederacy – Mary Latham Chapter Collection, Charles A. McVean U.S. Engineers Collection, Beale Street Blue Light District Collection, Mary Snowden Collection.
Our new TV show, The Memphis Room, began airing on WYPL in November, and now you can watch full episodes online via Dig Memphis. The first four episodes, featuring Russell Sugarmon, Jack Belz, Mike Cody and James McGehee are here, and others will be added as they become available.
Memphis Room TV Show – Russell Sugarmon from Digital Projects on Vimeo.