Named after a few famous songs, here are our buses. From left to right: Miss Clawdy (a restored vintage 1959 GM transit bus now retired), Miss Clawdy II and Sweet Caroline.
Backbeat Tours is a small business formed in 2006 by author and historian Bill Patton. Memphis has a compelling local history, and we believe that the best way to show that is through music, story, and fun. Papa Don McMinn ("The Pale Prince of Beale Street"), Eddie Harrison (former Stax musician and performer of the Billboard Top 100 Single "Your Eyes May Shine"), Gary Hardy (former owner and chief engineer at Sun Studio), and Daniel "Memphis" Jones were the original entertainers for Backbeat Tours Memphis. Their combined knowledge of the Memphis music industry from the 1950s to today allowed us to craft truly unique and exceptional tours.
From our original bus, to our brand-spankin' new bus Sweet Caroline, Backbeat has given thousands of tours of Downtown Memphis. We offer five distinct tours that give people a glimpse into the heart and soul of Memphis. As unique and unconventional as Memphis itself, our tours are the only way to truly experience this amazing city.
Our dream with the blog is to develop a closer relationship with the Memphis community. We here at Backbeat are crazy about everything Memphis and we hope to share some of our favourite tips, tricks and stories that make Memphis unique.
Hope to see and hear from you soon,
The Backbeat Family