Robert “Hollywood” Raiford

The City of Memphis has designated Friday, August 23 as Robert “Hollywood” Raiford Day and the celebration of the Memphis nightclub legend’s life and legacy will include a free party.

The celebration will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Floyd Alley, next to Paula & Raiford’s Disco, located at 14 S. 2nd St. Attendees are asked to RSVP via Eventbrite.

The festivities will take place outdoors and will include a dance floor and DJ. There will be 40-oz Bud Lights available for purchase, as well as food from local food trucks. 

“Raiford Day” shirts will be given to attendees, with Paula & Raiford’s Disco shirts sold during the celebration, which will include the City of Memphis’s presentation of the Raiford Day.

Raiford died in 2017 at age 75. He opened Raiford’s Hollywood Disco at 115 Vance Ave in 1976. That venue became one of the city’s most notable nightclubs and remained open for more than three decades. Two years after closing the club in 2007, Raiford and his daughter, Paula, opened Paula & Raiford’s Disco on South Second St.

“The event is celebrating his legacy of no discrimination and love and peace,” said Paula Raiford. “It’s not all about the club, he was very giving. He used to bring everyone together, no matter their age, income, race, size, sexual preference. You were treated the same.”

Paula plans on hosting an event every year on August 23, her father’s birthday.

“He left a special feeling in people that’s just beautiful,” she said.

(For more information, contact Diamond Taylor at 901-825-3954; email: [email protected])