Riverside Hotel

Documentary Short

I was honored to produce this short documentary for Mississippi Public Broadcasting on this remarkable establishment.

The Riverside Hotel in Clarksdale, Mississippi is a Mississippi Blues Trail landmark. Managed by the Ratliff family since 1944, the hotel has been home to such musicians as Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson II, Robert Nighthawk, Ike Turner, and Sam Cooke. Ike Turner’s song, “Rocket 88“, widely accepted as the first rock and roll song, was written here — in the basement.

Running time: 7:00

R.I.P. Frank “Rat” Ratliff