"His voice -- a rich, crystalline howl -- was a pure expression of his soul, but the purity in Sid Selvidge was not limited to his art. Selvidge, a veteran Memphis musician, producer of the Beale Street Caravan radio show, and a cultural force in the Bluff City for five decades, died early Thursday morning (5/2) at Methodist University Hospital after a long battle with cancer. " (Bob Mehr for The Commercial Appeal)
We will all miss Sid for many reasons, among those his commitment to our City. Friends felt particularly honored that he donated his talent to the "Save Our Riverfront" CD with his beautiful song "Miss the Mississippi and You."
Sid helped spread the blues worldwide; his Blues Caravan aired on 300 U.S. stations, on NPR international throughout Europe, Asia and Africa, and on networks in Australia and New Zealand, attracting about 2.4 million listeners per week worldwide to the music that put our City and region on the world map. Thanks, Sid. We miss you.