Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau Hosts New Welcome Center Exhibits

Date(s) - 08/12/2013-08/31/2013
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Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau Hosts New Welcome Center Exhibits
An exhibit featuring Merle “Red” Taylor is currently on display

TUPELO, Miss—Tupelo’s favorite native son is known throughout the world simply by his first name. While Elvis Presley is the area’s most famous entertainer, the Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau is helping publicize some of Northeast Mississippi’s lesser known musical legends. A new welcome center exhibit program was recently initiated to feature musicians from the area who have made major contributions to music.

Pat Rasberry, CVB In-Market Strategist & Film Commissioner commented, “I had the pleasure of working with the Taylor Family in September of 2012 and I’m very happy that this exhibit has not only become a reality for the family, but has opened the door for future exhibits like this one.”

The Merle “Red” Taylor exhibit will be the first to be displayed in the lobby of the Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau’s welcome center and artifacts were provided by Angie Bates, Taylor’s granddaughter, and her Uncle Tracy Taylor.

Merle “Red” Taylor was born in Saltillo, MS, in 1928, where he learned to play the fiddle. When he was 15, Taylor received his own show on WELO in Tupelo, and from there moved to Blytheville, AR as part of the “Butterball” Page troupe. Later, he moved to Nashville, TN, where he worked as part of Cousin Wilbur’s show, and after a brief stint in the military, became connected with Little Jimmy Dickens and WSM’s Grand Ole Opry. He received a record deal with Decca Records and recorded such songs as “Most of All,” “You Can’t Be A Bride Without A Groom,” “Suppose We Try,” and “Gimme A Little Sugar.”

Merle “Red” Taylor played with Elvis and among the items displayed in the welcome center is a handbook that listed Elvis’ phone number. The Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau welcome center is located at 399 East Main Street in Downtown Tupelo and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

An official unveiling and reception of the exhibit will be held Monday, August 12th at 5:00 p.m. at the Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau with Angie Bates and family members attending.

For more information on this event please contact Pat Rasberry – Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau – 662-841-6521.

Founded in 1985, the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau’s mission is to promote Tupelo as a viable site to visit in the State of Mississippi; to provide support for tourism-related projects; and to educate and assist the public regarding tourism development, which will result in increased tourism revenue and a positive image for the City of Tupelo. Visit the Tupelo CVB at www.tupelo.net, like us at www.facebook.com/MyTupelo or follow us at www.twitter.com/MyTupelo.