Mississippi River Blues: The 1927 Flood
Blues singers have recorded many songs in response to natural disasters, none more dramatic than those about the great flood of the Mississippi River that inundated much of the Delta after the levee broke just 2-3/4 miles west of this site on April 21, 1927. Big Bill Broonzy, a world-famous bluesman who claimed Scott as his hometown, recorded several songs about floods and at his concerts he told vivid stories of the devastation and disruption the 1927 flood caused his family and thousands of others.
Big Bill Broonzy was one of many African American singers who documented floods of the Mississippi or other rivers in story or song. Charley Patton’s “High Water Everywhere – Part I” and Barbecue Bob’s “Mississippi Heavy Water Blues” described the Great Flood of 1927, while Broonzy recorded “Terrible Flood Blues” and “Southern Flood Blues” in the wake of the 1937 flooding of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers and later also recorded versions of Bessie Smith’s 1927 classic, “Back Water Blues.”
The 1927 flood was a tragedy of
Big Bill Broonzy, whose real name was Lee Bradley, was born on June 26, 1903, near Lake Dick, Arkansas, outside Pine Bluff, although as an adult he identified Scott, Mississippi, as his birthplace. After moving to Chicago in the 1920s he launched a prolific recording career that made him one of the most popular blues musicians of the 1930s and ’40s. Broonzy served as a mentor to Muddy Waters, Little Walter, and Memphis Slim, and also inspired British musicians
Erected 2009 by Mississippi Blues Commission. (Marker Number 69.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Disasters. In addition, it is included in the Mississippi Blues Trail 🎶 series list.
Location. 33° 35.667′ N, 91° 4.574′ W. Marker is in Scott, Mississippi, in Bolivar County. Marker is at the intersection of Deer Creek Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Scott MS 38772, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. William Fisher Johnson (approx. 1.9 miles away); The Great Flood of 1927 (approx. 2.3 miles away); Eddie Taylor (approx. 5½ miles away); Eddie Shaw (approx. 5½ miles away); Winterville Mounds (approx. 7½ miles away); Symbols Tell Stories (approx. 7½ miles away); Winterville (approx. 7.6 miles away); Lockheed T-33A (approx. 9.3 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia article on the Mississippi Flood of 1927. (Submitted on November 20, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Wikipedia article on Big Bill Broonzy. (Submitted on November 20, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 20, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 30 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 20, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.