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The Beale Street Sheiks
By the turn of the 19th century, at the age of 12, Frank Stokes worked as a blacksmith, traveling the 25 miles to Memphis on the weekends to sing and play guitar with Dan Sane, with whom he developed a long-term musical partnership. Together, they busked on the streets and in Church's Park (now W. C. Handy Park) on Memphis' Beale Street.
Frank Stokes (January 1, 1888 – September 12, 1955)…

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