“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Port Allen in West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)

James “Slim Harpo” Moore

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September 18, 2014
1. James "Slim Harpo" Moore Marker
Inscription. Blues artist "Slim Harpo" was born James Moore in Lobdell, LA in February 1924. He worked as a longshoreman and construction worker during the late 1930's and early 40's. He began performing in Baton Rouge bars as "Harmonica Slim". Harpo began his recording career in 1957 with his debut hit single "I'm a King Bee". He was named Slim Harpo by producer J.D. Miller, who recorded Harpo in his Crowley, LA studio for Excello Records. Harpo's popular singles included "Rainin' In My Heart" (1961), and "Baby Scratch My Back" (1966), both reached the top five on Billboard Magazine's R&B Charts. Harpo's influences reached beyond R&B circles. His songs were recorded by The Rolling Stones, Kinks, Van Morrison, Yardbirds, Grateful Dead, Neil Young, Hank Williams, Jr. to name a few. "I'm A King Bee" was on the first LP released by The Rolling Stones and "Shake Your Hips" is included on the Stones all-time best seller "Exile On Main St" CD. Slim Harpo died of a heart attack in 1970 at age 46. He is buried beside his father Clyde Moore and mother Pearl Moore in Mulatto Bend Cemetery.
Location. 30° 30.279′ N, 91° 13.695′ W. Marker is in Port Allen, Louisiana, in West Baton Rouge Parish. Marker is at the intersection of Ronald Reagan Highway (U.S. 190) and South Mulatto Bend Road, on the right when traveling east on Ronald Reagan Highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Port Allen LA 70767, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Poplar Grove Plantation (approx. 1.6 miles away); Southern University (approx. 2.2 miles away); Pickney Benton Stewart Pinchback (approx. 2.2 miles away); Scott's Bluff (approx. 2.2 miles away); Sunrise (approx. 2 miles away); a different marker also named Southern University (approx. 3.1 miles away); Allendale Plantation (approx. 3.2 miles away); Rosedale Road (approx. 3.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Allen.
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