Lorraine Hotel Sign in Memphis, Tennessee - Encircle Photos

Lorraine Hotel Sign in Memphis, Tennessee

From 1945 until the late 1960s, the Lorraine Hotel was popular among visiting black entertainers when performing on nearby Beale Street. Among the famous guests were Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Count Basie and Aretha Franklin. Two record hits, Wilson Pickett’s “The Midnight Hour” and Eddie Floyd’s “Knock on Wood” were both written here. The Lorraine reached infamy status – along with the Ford’s Theatre and Dealey Plaza – when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968.


450 Mulberry St, Memphis, TN 38103


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