Raymond in Hinds County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
The McCoy Brothers
Joe McCoy and his brother Charlie McCoy, both born on a farm near Raymond, performed and recorded widely during the pre-World War II era, but their most important legacy may rest with the songs they wrote or cowrote. These include “Corrine Corrina,” which became a folk music standard, “When the Levee Breaks,” which was covered by Led Zeppelin, and “Why Donít You Do Right,” a hit for both blues singer Lil Green and pop star Peggy Lee.
Joe and Charlie McCoy
Blues historians know little about the formative years of brothers Joe and Charlie McCoy, but their extensive recorded legacy from the late '20s to the mid-'40s attests to their considerable instrumental, vocal and songwriting skills, as well as to their great ability to adapt to changing musical trends. Joe Wilbur McCoy was born May 11, 1905; Charlie was born May 26, 1909, according to medical records, but other sources place his birth date at c. 1911. In the 1900 census their parents, Patrick and Alice McCoy, were living near Bolton, in the same area as blues pioneers Charley Patton, Henry Sloan, and future members of the Mississippi Sheiks from the Chatmon (or Chatman) family.
The McCoy brothers were both active in Jackson blues circles, but by the late '20s Joe moved
Joe and Charlie mixed blues, jazz, and pop music as members of the popular Harlem
Erected 2008 by the Mississippi Blues Commission. (Marker Number 53.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mississippi Blues Trail marker series.
Location. 32° 15.579′ N, 90° 25.367′ W. Marker is in Raymond, Mississippi, in Hinds County. Marker is at the intersection of Raymond Clinton Road and Raymond Bolton Road (Mississippi Highway 467), on the left when traveling south on Raymond Clinton Road. Touch for map. Marker is on the northwest side of the circle in the center of the Raymond downtown business district. Marker is in this post office area: Raymond MS 39154, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Guide to the Campaign Trail (a few steps from this marker); Raymond Courthouse Hinds County Confederate Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Mark's Episcopal Church (about 500 feet away); Confederate Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bledsoe's Battery (approx. 1.4 miles away); C.S. Gregg's Task Force (approx. 1.4 miles away); C.S. Bledsoe's Missouri Battery (3 Guns) (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Raymond.
Also see . . .
1. Mississippi Blues Trail: McCoy Brothers - Raymond. (Submitted on November 20, 2013, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.)
2. The Chicago Reader: The Real McCoys. A tribute to prewar bluesmen Joe and Charlie McCoy will help buy headstones for their unmarked south-side graves. (Submitted on November 20, 2013, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.)
3. McCoy Brothers Tribute. (Submitted on November 20, 2013, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 20, 2013, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This page has been viewed 474 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 20, 2013, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 7. submitted on July 7, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.