Elements of Dewey Phillips' WHBQ sound booth have been salvaged and stored

Posted by Chris Davis on Wed, May 8, 2013 at 8:59 PM


Renovation has begin on the Hotel Chisca, where WHBQ's "Red, Hot, & Blue" disc jockey Dewey Phillips first introduced the world to Elvis Presley, and rock-and-roll. Working with a skeleton crew of volunteers filmmaker turned preservationist Mike McCarthy removed glass, and acoustic tile from the booth where Phillips conducted the world's first Rock-and-Roll interview.

Mike McCarthy gets his hands dirty to preserve a piece of Memphis' musical legacy.

In a previous interview with The Flyer developer Terry Lynch of Main Street Partners LLC said he had identified areas where the historic booth might be incorporated into the renovation.

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It's a shame we couldn't get the studios turned into a museum WHERE it happened!
Accurate history is now gone forever! When Dewey left, I took his time slot for about 6
months, then became morning man after Wink Martindale went to Hollywood. My 3 flashlight tours of those hallowed studios brought back memories that still grab my
thoughts many times today.

Jack Parnell

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