For many, if not most, people who visit Memphis, Beale Street defines their experience of our music. For the last three decades, bluesman Preston Shannon has been the face they saw. Shannon's voice could be silky smooth or sandpaper rough. His guitar stylings were 100% Memphis, with a clear, piercing tone and a stunning level of technical virtuosity. He released six albums over the course of his career, but his true claim to fame was his tireless live act. Night after night, Shannon played before millions of people, one packed Beale Street club at a time. He passed away this weekend after a bout with cancer at age 70. Music Video Monday remembers this giant the best way we can, by giving you a taste of his music. Here he is, live in Memphis, three years ago, tearing it up. Rest in peace.
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