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 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.
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.