Southaven in DeSoto County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Perhaps as a result of his generosity and the hefty fees he paid to present some of the biggest names in blues and jazz, Jones ran into financial difficulties with Club Ebony. After he died in May 1950, Jones's widow, his son, John E. Jones,
Club Ebony was rented in 1974 and then purchased in 1975 by Willie and Mary Shepard. The club's policy of booking top acts from the "chitlin circuit" continued throughout the decades: its talent roster included James Brown, Ike Turner, Syl Johnson, Clarence Carter, Denise LaSalle, Bobby Rush, Howlin' Wolf, Tyrone Davis, and many more. Mary Shepard also presented local blues by David Lee Durham, the Ladies Choice Band, and others. After B. B. King began returning for an annual homecoming festival in his honor in 1980, it became a tradition for him to climax the festivities with a nighttime performance at Club Ebony. When Shepard retired in 2008, King stepped in to buy Club Ebony, preserving not only a major cultural landmark but also the special place where, fifty years earlier, as he wrote in his autobiography, "I found love back down in the Delta."
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mississippi Blues Trail marker series.
Location. 34° 56.225′ N, 89° 59.552′ W. Marker is in Southaven, Mississippi, in DeSoto County. Marker can be reached from Airways Blvd 0.3 miles north of Church Road. Touch for map. Marker is located at Tanger Outlets just north of the most northwesterly crossroads. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5205 Airways Blvd, Southaven MS 38671, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Albert King (here, next to this marker); Po' Monkey's (a few steps from this marker); Charley Patton (within shouting distance of this marker); Hubert Sumlin (within shouting distance of this marker); The Peavine Branch (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dockery Farms (about 300 feet away); Living Blues (about 400 feet away); Graceland (approx. 7.8 miles away in Tennessee). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Southaven.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Site of the original Club Ebony
Categories. • African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment •
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