Natchez in Adams County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Papa Lightfoot & The Natchez Blues
Natchez Blues African American music in Natchez has spanned an extraordinarily wide spectrum, encompassing fife and drum groups, string bands, dance orchestras, jazz, rhythm & blues, down-home blues, hip hop, gospel, and more. Among the performers active in the pre-World War II years were fiddler Butch Cage, female guitarist Geeshie Wiley, Bud Scott and his Syncopators, and several who continued to perform locally after the war, including pianist Tom Griffin, guitarist William “Cat-Iron” Carradine, and bandleading saxophonists Earl Reed and Otis Smith. The most famous and most memorialized
As music resumed in the clubs and cafes of Franklin, Pine, and St. Catherine streets, new talents emerged in the 1940s and ‘50s. “Papa George” Lightfoot became the best known Natchez blues artist of the era after he appeared on national radio broadcasts and recorded for several prominent record labels. Lightfoot (1924-1971) made some of his first recordings for the Sultan label, a company formed by an interracial Natchez partnership in 1950. One of its partners, Jack Davis, also recorded with his
Jimmy Anderson, another noted harmonica player from Natchez, also achieved some renown as a blues recording artist in Louisiana in the 1960s. He later worked in Natchez as a radio announcer, broadcasting under the moniker “Soul Man Lee.” The fertile Natchez blues tradition has also been enriched by “Stormy Herman” Colbert, Eugene Butler and the Rocking Royals, Y. Z. Ealey and the Merrymakers, Hezekiah Early and the Houserockers, Elmo Williams, Theodis Ealey, and others.
Erected by Mississippi Blues Commission. (Marker Number 83.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mississippi Blues Trail marker series.
Location. 31° 33.375′ N, 91° 23.318′ W. Marker is in Natchez, Mississippi, in Adams County. Marker can be reached from McCabe Street south of St. Catherine Street, on the right when traveling south. Located in the Jack Waite Park on McCabe Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Natchez MS 39120, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wheaton-McGuire House - 125 St. Catherine Street Smart-Griffin-Angelety House - 180 St. Catherine Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Music on St. Catherine Street (within shouting distance of this marker); 156-166 St. Catherine Street (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Natchez Civil Rights Movement - 1965 - Pivotal Year (about 400 feet away); St. Catherine Street - John Nosser and Nosser City (about 700 feet away); America's Domestic "Slave" Trading Routes To The Deep South (approx. 0.2 miles away); History of St. Catherine Street (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Natchez.
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