Jackson in Hinds County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Scott Radio Service Company
Scott Radio Service Company, located at 128 North Gallatin Street, just north of this site, was one of the first businesses in Mississippi to offer professional recording technology. The Jackson-based Trumpet record label used the Scott studio for sessions with blues legends Sonny Boy Williamson (Rice Miller) and Elmore (Elmo) James, along with many other blues, gospel, and country performers, from 1950 to 1952. Owner Ivan M. Scott later moved the company to 601C West Capitol Street.
Mississippi is famed as a rich source of musical talent, but few artists were commercially recorded in the state prior to World War II. Recording technology was prohibitively expensive and most studios were located in northern cities, although companies sometimes sent teams south to set up equipment in hotel rooms or other facilities to record local artists. The OKeh label recorded in Jackson in 1930 and the American and Brunswick record corporations did sessions in Jackson in 1935 and Hattiesburg in 1936, but otherwise the only early blues recordings done in Mississippi were conducted by folklorists, including John A. and Alan Lomax, using bulky portable equipment.
In the wake of World War II dramatic technological, social, legal, and economic developments transformed the recording industry.
Scott engineered more than seventy recordings for Trumpet, including the first releases by Elmore James (“Dust My Broom”) and Sonny Boy Williamson No. 2 (“Eyesight to the Blind”), as well as sides by bluesmen Big Joe Williams, Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, Willie Love, Luther and
Erected 2010 by the Mississippi Blues Commission. (Marker Number 116.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mississippi Blues Trail marker series.
Location. 32° 18.056′ N, 90° 11.554′ W. Marker is in Jackson, Mississippi, in Hinds County. Marker is at the intersection of North Gallatin Street and West Capitol Street, on the right when traveling north on North Gallatin Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: North Gallatin Street, Jackson MS 39203, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Edwards Hotel (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); 217 W. Capitol (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ace Records (approx. 0.2 miles away); Summers Hotel & Subway Lounge (approx. ¼ mile away); Woolworth's Sit-in (approx. 0.3 miles away); Trumpet Records (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Alamo Theatre (approx. 0.3 miles away); Greyhound Bus Station (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jackson.
Also see . . . Mississippi Blues Trail website. (Submitted on November 2, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 2, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 177 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on November 2, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.