Frank “Memphis Rounder / Beale Street Sheik” Stokes

Frank “Memphis Rounder / Beale Street Sheik” Stokes

Birth
USA
Death 12 Sep 1955 (aged 77)
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Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 17875114 · View Source
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Blues Musician. A native of Whitewater, Tennessee,Frank Stokes and partner Dan Sane recorded as The Beale Street Shieks, a Memphis answer to the musical Chatmon family string band, the Mississippi Shieks. According to local tradition, Stokes was already playing the streets of Memphis by the turn of the century, about the same time the blues began to flourish. As a street artist, he needed a broad repertoire of songs and patter palatable to blacks and whites. A medicine show and house party favorite, Stokes was remembered as a consummate entertainer who drew on songs from the 19th and 20th centuries with equal facility. Solo or with Sane and sometimes fiddler Will Batts, Stokes recorded 38 sides for Paramount and Victor. These treasures include blues as well as older pieces: "Chicken You Can't Roost Too High for Me," "Mr. Crump Don't Like It," an outstanding version of "You Shall" (commonly known as "You Shall Be Free"), and "Hey Mourner," a traditional comic anticlerical piece. Stokes possessed a remarkable declamatory voice and was an adroit guitarist. His duets with Sane merit special attention because of their subtle interplay and propulsive rhythm.
Father of Memphis blues


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"Memphis Rounder"
"Beale Street Sheik"
Down on Bunker Hill
place that I love to stay
Where I can have a good time
stay always, everyday
Bunker Hill Blues
Victor V38548


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  • Created by: Peterborough K
  • Added: 9 Feb 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 17875114
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Frank “Memphis Rounder / Beale Street Sheik” Stokes (1 Jan 1878–12 Sep 1955), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17875114, citing Hollywood Cemetery, Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Peterborough K (contributor 46537737) .