Grenada in Grenada County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Morris "Magic Slim" Holt, who developed a raw, hard-hitting guitar style that made him a favorite on the international blues club and festival circuit from the late 1970s well into the twenty-first century, was born in Torrance on August 7, 1937. His Chicago-based band, the Teardrops, at one time included his brothers Nick Holt on bass and Douglas "Lee Baby" Holt on drums. Holt's stage name was taken from a childhood friend from Grenada, Blues Hall of Fame guitarist Magic Sam.
Magic Slim and his namesake Magic Sam each created a deep and instantly identifiable approach to the blues, and although their styles differed, both guitarists shared similar influences from their early days in Grenada. They both sang in church and learned to play country music, which was more prevalent than blues on the radio in the 1940s, and both shared a fascination for John Lee Hooker's 1949 blues hit "Boogie Chillen." Slim and Sam were also both born in areas that are now submerged beneath Grenada Lake. Magic Slim was born on a farm in Torrance, a former sawmill town in Yalobusha County, and moved to Grenada with his family when he was about eleven. The Holt family lived at 818 Union Street, and Slim's mother ran a cafe down the street.
Magic Slim's first instrument was a church piano, but
After returning to Chicago around 1965 with new confidence and control of his instrument, Slim played with Robert "Mr. Pitiful" Perkins & the Teardrops, and took over the band after Perkins left, recording with them for the local Ja-Wes label. His act continued to grow more powerful and exciting until,
Erected 2011 by the Mississippi Blues Commission. (Marker Number 134.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mississippi Blues Trail marker series.
Location. 33° 47.085′ N, 89° 48.756′ W. Marker is in Grenada, Mississippi, in Grenada County. Marker is on Union Street 0.2 miles west of Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard (U.S. 51), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 814 Union Street, Grenada MS 38901, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers Grenada Blues (approx. 0.6 miles away); J. Augustine Signaigo (approx. 0.6 miles away); Grenada County Confederate Monument (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named J. Augustine Signaigo (approx. one mile away); Confederate Fort (approx. 2.6 miles away); Camp McCain (approx. 7.2 miles away); 94th Infantry Division (approx. 7.2 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia article on Magic Slim. (Submitted on October 27, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Magic Slim bio. (Submitted on October 27, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 27, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 214 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 27, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.