Meridian in Lauderdale County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
The electronic amplification of vocals and musical instruments resulted in dramatic changes in the blues in the post-World War II era, notably the rise to prominence of the electric guitar. Peavey Electronics, founded in 1965 by Meridian native Hartley Peavey, contributed to the sound of modern electric blues, rock, country, and jazz through its amplifiers, sound systems, and electric guitars and basses. The company also achieved worldwide renown for its many technological innovations.
Electrifying the Blues The arrival of electronically amplified instruments was one of the most striking changes in the history of the blues, as it allowed musicians to be heard by larger crowds and to change the aural quality of their music. For the first decades of the blues musicians had to rely on the sounds of their acoustic instruments and the power of their voices, but this began to change in the 1930s with the arrival of the electric guitar and the widespread use of electronic microphones. Musicians in the Hawaiian and Western Swing styles pioneered the use of the electric guitar, and the first
Peavey Electronics Instruments were just one part of the electrification equation—to be heard, they had to be amplified. It was in the field of amplifiers and sound systems that Peavey Electronics made its first contributions. Hartley Peavey, born in 1941, converted his acoustic guitar into an electric instrument and built his first amplifier in 1957 after being inspired at a concert by Mississippian Bo Diddley, who was also known for building his own guitars and amps. In 1961 Peavey created his first amplifier under
Erected 2013 by the Mississippi Blues Commission. (Marker Number 169.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment • Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Mississippi Blues Trail series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1965.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5022 Hartley Peavey Drive, Meridian MS 39305, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Meridian Male College (approx. 1˝ miles away); Site of Meridian College and Conservatory (approx. 1.6 miles away); Gillespie V. "Sonny" Montgomery (approx. 1.8 miles away); Poplar Springs Road Historic District (approx. 2.2 miles away); 10th Avenue Masonic Cemeteries (approx. 2.4 miles away); St. John Baptist Church (approx. 2.4 miles away); St. Joseph Catholic Church (approx. 2.4 miles away); Lewis Edmund "Buck" Crook, Jr. (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Meridian.
Also see . . .
1. Company website. (Submitted on September 16, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Mississippi Blues Trail website. (Submitted on September 16, 2014.)
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