“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Osceola in Mississippi County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)

Jimmy "Popeye" Thomas

Jimmy "Popeye" Thomas Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 31, 2010
1. Jimmy "Popeye" Thomas Marker
Inscription.  Osceola native Jimmy Thomas split his youth working in cotton fields and playing local juke joints. As a teenager, he joined Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm as lead singer, later performing with the Ike and Tina Turner Review. Settling in London, England, in 1969, Thomas launched the Osceola Records production studio.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Arts, Letters, Music. A significant historical year for this entry is 1969.
Location. 35° 42.168′ N, 89° 58.151′ W. Marker is in Osceola, Arkansas, in Mississippi County. Marker is on West Hale Avenue near South Poplar Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Osceola AR 72370, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Willie Bloom (here, next to this marker); Billy Lee Riley (here, next to this marker); Son Seals (here, next to this marker); Albert King (here, next to this marker); Reggie Young (here, next to this marker); Patterson Store (a few steps from this marker); Coston Building (within shouting distance
Osceola's Musical Heritage image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
2. Osceola's Musical Heritage
From left to right are markers for Reggie Young, Albert King, Son Seals, Willie Bloom, Jimmy "Popeye" Thomas, and Billy Lee Riley. To the right is the old Patterson Store.
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of this marker); Mississippi County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Osceola.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 2, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 994 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 2, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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