So here I am now 26 yrs later browsing through photographs of old run down motels. I can't help but wonder the stories they carry and the memories they hold. Here are a few "Famous Motels"
Lorraine Motel's place in history was reserved on April 4, 1968, when Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated while he was standing on the balcony outside room no. 306. The assassin was James Earl Ray, who fired a single shot from the Morrow Building, a rooming house whose rear windows faced out towards the Lorraine Motel.
A few days before that, Dr. King, who was in Memphis to support garbage collectors on strike, had checked into the Lorraine Motel. But even before that fateful day, the Lorraine was one of the few go-to Memphis Motels for visiting celebrities and famous people, including Louis Armstrong and Nat Cole.
Memory Motel is a song from the Rolling Stones' 1976 album 'Black and Blue', which was said to be inspired by the Memory Motel & Bar in Montauk, Long Island, New York. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were staying at Andy Warhol's house in Montauk before their famed 'Tour of the Americas '75', when Jagger wrote the song.
The importance of the motel is magnified because the lyrics insinuate a one-night stand with the Hazel eyed Hannah at the Memory Motel. The actual Memory motel & bar in Montauk is still open for business, and offers 13 rooms in the center of Montauk's Historical Village.
It's heyday is long past gone, but it's still one of the hottest attractions in Montauk, with shows, live music, celebrity customers and an atmosphere more suitable for a swinging nightclub in New York City.
And of course ....The Bates Motel
And on to fictitious tales of truth at Motel Bizarre
“We wish you to feel at home while here. All equipment was carefully checked on your arrival. Your license number is on record here. Use hot water sparingly. We reserve the right to eject without notice any objectionable person. Do not throw waste material of any kind in the toilet bowl. Thank you. Call again. The Management. P.S. We consider our guests the finest people of the world.”
~ Lolita, Nabokov
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