Tootsie at Closing Time

Description
Tootsie [Hattie Louise Tatum Bess, d. 1978] took out her whistle at closing time. If that didn't work to get customers out the door, she used a jeweled hair pin--given to her by singer Charlie Pride--to give them a prod. Her contribution to country music has been immortalized in song. "She's Known the greats and nearly greats and some that never made it./If there's a thing of paying dues, well Tootsie's surely paid it. She's got all of their pictures hanging all around./But, what's Tootsie gonna do when they tear the Ryman down?" "What's Tootsie Gonna Do (When They Tear the Ryman Down)" By Bill Sterling and John E. Denny
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
photograph
negative
1974
print
2003
maker
Horenstein, Henry
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 11 in x 14 in; 27.94 cm x 35.56 cm
Place Made
United States: Tennessee, Nashville-Davidson
Associated Place
United States: Tennessee, Nashville-Davidson, Tootsies Orchid Lounge
ID Number
2003.0169.106
catalog number
2003.0169.106
accession number
2003.0169
subject
Photography
Art
Popular Entertainment
Cultures & Communities
Music & Musical Instruments
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Culture and the Arts: Photographic History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Horenstein, Henry

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