Tallahassee in Leon County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Blues Trail: Mississippi to Florida
North Florida’s urban clubs and rural roadhouses, including clubs that have operated at this historic Bradfordville location, have played an important role in the history of the Gulf Coast “chitlin circuit” for touring African American blues, jazz, and R&B musicians. Mississippi-born artists B. B. King, Bo Diddley, John Lee Hooker, and many more have performed and recorded in Florida, while some Floridians, including bluesman Benny Latimore, recorded at studios in Mississippi as well.
Florida has long provided work for traveling musicians with its many entertainment centers. Seasonal jobs in agriculture and other fields also drew itinerant bluesmen from Mississippi and other states. One of the most important early carriers of blues was the Rabbit Foot Minstrels touring revue, founded in 1900 by African American guitarist and theater owner Pat Chappelle of Jacksonville and later based in Port Gibson, Mississippi. Early vaudevillian blues performers appeared at theaters in Pensacola, Tampa, and Jacksonville, and in the 1930s Chicago bandleader and national newspaper columnist
Tallahassee's top African American club was the Red Bird Cafe. Others included the Cafe Deluxe, Green Lantern, Royal Palace, Savoy, and Two Spot. Local musicians included Lawyer Smith, Ray Charles, and Nat and Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, who became celebrated jazz performers. In 1964 Allen Henry, Jr., his wife Marion, and his sister Inez Henry Haynes opened the C. C. Club on property the Henrys, an African American farming family, had owned since slavery time. The Henrys had a long history of hosting baseball and musical and social events here. While remaining under the ownership of the Henry family, the club brought in such renowned blues artists as Little Milton, Jimmy Rogers, and Bobby Rush under the management of Dave Claytor and Elizabeth Clark as Dave's C. C. Club and later as the Bradfordville Blues Club under Gary and Kim Anton.
Erected 2010 by the Mississippi Blues Commission. (Marker Number 119.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music. In addition, it is included in the Mississippi Blues Trail series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1900.
Location. 30° 32.934′ N, 84° 10.814′ W. Marker is in Tallahassee, Florida, in Leon County. Marker is at the intersection of Moses Lane and Toyleise Lane, on the left when traveling south on Moses Lane. Touch for mapTouch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Pisgah (approx. 1.4 miles away); Hickory Hill Cemetery of Welaunee Plantation (approx. 4.9 miles away); Munree (Fleischmann) Cemetery of Welaunee Plantation (approx. 5.2 miles away); The Mission Of San Pedro y San Pablo de Patale (approx. 6 miles away); Saint Clement's Chapel ~ Church of The Advent (approx. 6.6 miles away); The Journey Ends (approx. 6.7 miles away); Under Cover of Corn (approx. 7.6 miles away); The Plantation Cemetery At Betton Hill (approx. 7.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tallahassee.
Also see . . .
1. Mississippi Blue Trail website. (Submitted on December 7, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Bradfordville Blues Club website. (Submitted on December 7, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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