Meridian in Lauderdale County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
The electronic amplification of vocals and musical instruments resulted in dramatic changes in the blues in the post-World War II era, notably the rise to prominence of the electric guitar. Peavey Electronics, founded in 1965 by Meridian native Hartley Peavey, contributed to the sound of modern electric blues, rock, country, and jazz through its amplifiers, sound systems, and electric guitars and basses. The company also achieved worldwide renown for its many technological innovations.
Electrifying the Blues The arrival of electronically amplified instruments was one of the most striking changes in the history of the blues, as it allowed musicians to be heard by larger crowds and to change the aural quality of their music. For the first decades of the blues musicians had to rely on the sounds of their acoustic instruments and the power of their voices, but this began to change in the 1930s with the arrival of the electric guitar and the widespread use of electronic microphones. Musicians in the Hawaiian and Western Swing styles pioneered the use of the electric guitar, and the first blues recordings featuring the instrument were made in 1938, when George Barnes appeared on a Big Bill Broonzy session and Casey Bill Weldon—the “Hawaiian Guitar Wizard”—played
Peavey Electronics Instruments were just one part of the electrification equation—to be heard, they had to be amplified. It was in the field of amplifiers and sound systems that Peavey Electronics made its first contributions. Hartley Peavey, born in 1941, converted his acoustic guitar into an electric instrument and built his first amplifier in 1957 after being inspired at a concert by Mississippian Bo Diddley, who was also known for building his own guitars and amps. In 1961 Peavey created his first amplifier under the Peavey brand, and in 1964 was issued his first patent. Peavey Electronics began hand-producing guitar and bass amplifiers in 1965 and moved into PA (public address) systems in 1968. In 1977 Peavey
Erected 2013 by the Mississippi Blues Commission. (Marker Number 169.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mississippi Blues Trail marker series.
Location. 32° 24.737′ N, 88° 41.985′ W. Marker is in Meridian, Mississippi, in Lauderdale County. Marker is on State Highway 493 0.1 miles north of North Hills Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5022 Hartley Peavey Drive, Meridian MS 39305, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Gillespie V. "Sonny" Montgomery (approx. 1.8 miles away); Poplar Springs Road Historic District (approx. 2.2 miles away); Highland Park (approx. 2.8 miles away); Birthplace of Jimmie Rodgers (approx. 2.8 miles away); Dial House Site (approx. 3.2 miles away); Merrehope (approx. 3.2 miles away); Temple Theater (approx. 3.3 miles away); Jimmie Rodgers & The Blues (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Meridian.
Also see . . .
1. Company website. (Submitted on September 16, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Mississippi Blues Trail website. (Submitted on September 16, 2014.)
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