Choctaw County fiddler Hoyt Ming (1902-1985) led the lively string band recorded as “Floyd Ming & His Pep Steppers” at a Memphis Victor session in 1928. His “Indian War Whoop,” with its fiddling “holler,” became an old-time country music standby. Potato farmer Hoyt, with his wife Rozelle on guitar and brother Troy on mandolin, regularly played at fairs, fiddling contests, and rallies before World War II. Rediscovered in 1973, Hoyt and Rozelle Ming returned to recording and live appearances.
Hoyt Ming Born in Choctaw County on October 6, 1902, into a musical farming family of German-American extraction, Hoyt began teaching himself to play fiddle at fifteen, after admiring a string band that played for his father Clough at the Mings’ house. At least three of Hoyt’s seven brothers and one sister learned to play string instruments at about the same time; his brother Troy took up the mandolin and joined him in forming a family band that played for local dances and parties. By 1928 Hoyt had married guitarist Rozelle Young; they relocated to rural Lee County and
The brief initial recording experience led to Pep Stepper appearances at fairs, political rallies and fiddler’s contests through the 1930s, but with their focus on raising a family, Hoyt and Rozelle kept music a sideline, and Hoyt tended to his main occupation, potato farming. Infrequent gigs made it hard to keep a band together,
Erected 2014 by Mississippi Country Music Trail. (Marker Number 28.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mississippi Country Music Trail marker series.
Location. Marker has been damaged. 33° 18.588′ N, 89° 10.151′ W. Marker is in Ackerman, Mississippi, in Choctaw County Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: East Main Street, Ackerman MS 39735, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Two Steps From The Blues (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Governor J.P. Coleman (about 600 feet away); Governor Ray Mabus (about 600 feet away); Ackerman (approx. 0.4 miles away); Choctaw County High School (approx. 0.4 miles away); Coleman's Mill (approx. 3½ miles away); Shiloh Methodist Church and Cemetery (approx. 3.8 miles away); The Great Eastern Hardwood Forest (approx. 8.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ackerman.
Also see . . . The Mississippi Encyclopedia article on Hoyt Ming. (Submitted on October 8, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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