CharlyPoMonkey.jpg (31114 bytes)Willie Seaberry (AKA PO Monkey), b August 25, 1940 and died July 12, 2016 in his room at the Lounge.  Willie ran this "Joint" since about 1961.  Maybe longer as he told me he couldn't remember just exactly when he opened up at the end of this field on a gravel road named PO Monkey Road.  Willie had been a farmer his entire life on the Hiter Family farm, and his juke joint was a main spot for rural blacks during the early years.  He used to operate on Mondays with NastyE.jpg (40806 bytes) strippers from Memphis and Thursdays with a DJ spinning some Blues and R & B.  Occasionally, live music was held on a weekend.  PO Monkey's is THE LAST of the House-Joints from the good old days.  Willie was a fun guy and he had a lot of history and stories under his belt.

 

 

PM4.jpg (53724 bytes)PoMonkeyDistance.jpg (35500 bytes)Probably built around 1915 or so, this sharecropper shack, called PO Monkey's Lounge is known around the world.  PO Monkey was a big star and has been featured in the Oxford American, the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Esquire-Japan, and PO Monkey's Lounge has been on Japanese TV and even broadcast to China!  The famous photographer, Annie Lebovitz, even stopped to photograph PO Monkey.  If you have ever visited the Lounge, you probably didn't realize that Willie also lived there in just one room that was off the Bar/Kitchen area.  I had been in his "Room" and it was about 6 feet by 10 feet.  Monkey had his colorful outfits hanging from the ceiling on an iron pipe.
Willie always had a pleasant personality and he was a very enjoyable person to be around.  I picked him up one day several years ago and we went to the Riverside Hotel to meet "Rat".  I regret that I did not record the stories that these guys told that day, but I'll always remember both Rat & PO Monkey as they both were authentic Old School and Colorful Characters.

 

In 2015, Monkey added food to the deal.
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