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Sidney Davis Selvidge, Jr, 69, died May 2, 2013 at Methodist University Hospital. He was born July 21, 1943 in Greenville, MS to Sidney Davis Selvidge and Eugenia Sandifer Selvidge. Sid Selvidge was the Executive Producer of the internationally syndicated Blues radio program, Beale Street Caravan. He was an accomplished performer, producer, song writer and anthropology scholar. As a performer he accompanied such seminal Blues legends as Furry Lewis and Fred McDowell. He performed at Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center for the Arts and the Barbican Center in London. He began his recording career in 1969 with a subsidiary of the Stax label. His 1993 CD, Twice Told Tales, was part of the prestigious Elektra/Nonesuch American Explorer series. His CD, Little Bit of Rain was the critic's choice for best Memphis CD of 2003. His most recent CD, I Should be Blue (2010), produced by Don Dixon of REM fame, was on the Archer Records label. He made eight albums as a solo artist and three as a member of the critically acclaimed group Mudboy and the Neutrons. He produced albums on a variety of artists including Alex Chilton and Cybill Shepherd. He wrote a full length children's Blues Opera commissioned by Opera Memphis and supported by an NEA grant. He was on the board of the Memphis Acoustic Music Association (MAMA) and the advisory board of the Levitt Shell at Overton Park. He was a former national trustee of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and a president and vice president of the board of The Association of Independents in Radio (AIR). This past year, Sid accepted the prestigious Deems Taylor award for Beale Street Caravan from The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Sid's impact on the musical community in Memphis was undeniable. He is greatly missed.

Sid is survived by his wife, Shirley McCarty Selvidge; his 2 daughters, Kathy Spivey Bridges and Edith Spivey Davis; his 3 sons, George Edward Spivey, Sidney D. D. Selvidge and Stephen Sandifer Selvidge; and his grandchildren, Kaydee Huffman Bennett, Jim Huffman, Kathleen McCurdy, Harry McCurdy, Sidney D. Selvidge IV, Margaret McCarty Selvidge, Wesley B. Spivey, Warren M. Spivey and Frances McCarty Selvidge. He is also survived by his brother Roy Selvidge.

Private graveside services were held at Elmwood Cemetery, Saturday, May 11, 2013. There will be a public musical tribute to Sid Selvidge on the evening of June 25th, 2013 at the Levitt Shell in Overton Park, Memphis, TN.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to Beale Street Caravan, Church Health Center, Arts Memphis or your public radio station of choice.

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