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Nashville in Davidson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

DeFord Bailey

1899-1982

 
 
DeFord Bailey Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 18, 2014
1. DeFord Bailey Marker
Inscription.  Bailey, a pioneer of the Grand Old Opry and its first black musician, lived in the Edgehill neighborhood for nearly 60 years. His shoe-shine shop was on 12th Ave., South, near this intersection. His harmonica performance of the "Pan American Blues" inspired Judge George D. Hay to dub WSM's Barn Dance the "Grand Ole Opry." Traveling extensively with Opry musicians, he entertained audiences throughout the South and Midwest. In 1928, he recorded eight sides for RCA Victor during Nashville's first recording session.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 3A 138.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansEntertainment. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission series list.
 
Location. 36° 8.55′ N, 86° 47.214′ W. Marker is in Nashville, Tennessee, in Davidson County. Marker is at the intersection of Edgehill Avenue and 12 Avenue South on Edgehill Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Nashville TN 37203, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking
DeFord Bailey Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 18, 2014
2. DeFord Bailey Marker
The marker is near the Gernert Studio Apartment entrance.
distance of this marker. Rev. Bill Barnes (approx. ¼ mile away); Mississippi to Nashville (approx. 0.4 miles away); Nashville's Music Row (approx. 0.4 miles away); Edmondson Home Site (approx. 0.4 miles away); Belmont Church and Koinonia Coffeehouse / Contemporary Christian Music (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Edgehill Community (approx. half a mile away); Fall School (approx. half a mile away); Bradley Studios (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nashville.
 
Also see . . .
1. DeFord Bailey - Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 13, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
2. Pan American Blues - YouTube. (Submitted on June 13, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
DeFord Bailey Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 18, 2014
3. DeFord Bailey Marker
Entrance to the Gernert Studio Apartments
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 13, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 556 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 13, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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