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As blacks moved to North Richmond from the South, they brought with them several different cultures of blues music.  As the area began to grow, several popular niteclubs began to spring up and entertainment became an integral part of the community.   

The music that evolved from the niteclubs made North Richmond a main hub of the West Coast blues circuit.  Some of the blues greats made North Richmond their home and became headline acts at Minnie Lue's, the Savoy Club, and Tappers Inn.

LoveJoy Coverson (left) and his blues band at the Savoy Club (circa 1951)

Cotton Club Dancers in stylish costumes performing at the Savoy Club (circa 1951)

Uniidentied four-piece blues band performing at Savoy Club (circa 1950)

Jimmy McCracklin (bow tie) gathering with crowd at Savoy Club (circa 1949)

North Richmond Blues Blaster - Clarence Tenpenny (left), Jimmy McCracklin, and Robert Kelton

Lowell Fulson

Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thorton

Pee Wee Crayton

Sugar Pie DeSanto

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