Frank "Rat" Ratliff
Credit: Roger Stolle
Frank "Rat" Ratliff, 70, Riverside Hotel
Frank "Rat" Ratliff, owner-proprietor of the historic Riverside
Hotel where Bessie Smith died (when the building was a hospital),
and where a "Who's Who of blues musicians have stayed and played,
including Ike Turner, Robert Nighthawk, Sonny Boy Williamson II,
John Lee Hooker, Pop Staples, Sam Cooke, the Original Blind Boys,
and many, many others. Blues musicians found lodging-and a home
at the Riverside.
Many recent visitors to the Museum have received
the full Clarksdale blues experience by lodging at the Riverside,
down on Sunflower Avenue, with commentary on all things blues
by the welcoming "Rat."