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Booker T. Laury

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Booker T. Laury lived his entire life in Memphis. He first laid hands on a keyboard at the age of 6 and grew up playing music with Memphis Slim. The two perfected a "barrelhouse style" of piano that melded ragtime, jazz, and blues. Though Slim took his music abroad, Laury stayed in Memphis, performing at clubs and gambling halls on Beale and the surrounding area. Laury experienced Beale Street's heyday, its decline, and its reemergence before he died in 1995 at the age of 81, and his memory lives on with a brass note on Beale's Walk of Fame.

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