Musician Erskine Peoples played in jazz and blues clubs on Ninth Street, what is now known as M. L. King Boulevard. Known as the Big 9, the musical Mecca was the Bourbon Street of Chattanooga in the '20s, '30s, '40s and '50s.
Musician Erskine Peoples played in jazz and blues clubs on Ninth Street, what is now known as M. L. King Boulevard. Known as the Big 9, the musical Mecca was the Bourbon Street of Chattanooga in the '20s, '30s, '40s and '50s.
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published Sunday, April 20th, 2014
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When Erskine Peoples, 82, first arrived in Chattanooga as a 22-year-old high school music teacher, Ninth Street, or the Big 9, as it was fondly called, was in full swing. A half-dozen clubs thrived in the five-block area between Foster Street, near where Memo's Grill still sits today, and the railroad overpass near Peeples Street.

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