Beale Street Love
by Langston Hughes
Brain Snacks: Tasty Tidbits of Knowledge
In New York City, the street where Hughes used to live was renamed "Langston Hughes Place" in his honor. Some day, we're hoping for a Shmoop Street in Mountain View.
The blues were born on Beale Street. A guy named W.C. Handy wrote the first blues song ever there in 1909. It was called… wait for it… Beale Street Blues.
The king himself, Elvis Presley was inspired by the sights and sounds of Beale Street (Source.)