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Osceola in Mississippi County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Willie Bloom

 
 
Willie Bloom Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 31, 2010
1. Willie Bloom Marker
Inscription. Osceola's own "Sweet Man," Willie Bloom, captured Southern cotton workers' sentiment with his legendary Blues music dating back to 1918. Bloom, whose recordings included "Osceola Blues," played alongside musical giants such as W.C. Handy, Jimmy Lunceford, Fats Pichon, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, and Fats Waller.
 
Location. 35° 42.168′ N, 89° 58.15′ W. Marker is in Osceola, Arkansas, in Mississippi County. Marker is at the intersection of West Hale Avenue and South Poplar Street, on the right when traveling east on West Hale Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Osceola AR 72370, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jimmy "Popeye" Thomas (here, next to this marker); Son Seals (here, next to this marker); Billy Lee Riley (here, next to this marker); Albert King (here, next to this marker); Reggie Young (here, next to this marker); Patterson Store (a few steps from this marker); Coston Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Mississippi County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Osceola.
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, Music
 
Osceola's Musical Heritage image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
2. Osceola's Musical Heritage
From left to right are markers for Reggie Young, Albert King, Son Seals, Willie Bloom, Jimmy "Popeye" Thomas, and Billy Lee Riley. To the right is the old Patterson Store.
Willie Bloom Marker image. Click for full size.
3. Willie Bloom Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 2, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 910 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 2, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on April 20, 2011, by Rudolph Frazier of North Little Rock, Arkansas.
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