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I got to know the city of Memphis, Tenn., fairly well over the few weeks I spent there doing research for my novel, "The Death of Johnny Ace."

The life of my fictional protagonist was based on a real person, R&B singer Johnny Ace, who died tragically just as his career began to peak in 1954. At the time of my story, Memphis was famous for, and would continue to be for another decade, its music scene. Don’t forget, Elvis Presley first recorded here, and Graceland is still a big tourist attraction.