“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Mississippi Blues Trail Historical Markers

The Mississippi Blues Trail was created by the Mississippi Blues Commission in 2006 to place interpretive markers at the most notable historical sites related to the birth, growth and influence of the blues throughout (and in some cases beyond) the state of Mississippi.
There are over 200 Mississippi Blues Trail markers already placed.
The Blues Trail: Mississippi to Alabama Marker, Side 2 image, Touch for more information
By Sandra Hughes, April 7, 2010
The Blues Trail: Mississippi to Alabama Marker, Side 2
1Alabama, Colbert County, Tuscumbia — 99 — The Blues Trail: Mississippi to Alabama
Musicians have long crossed the Alabama -Mississippi border to perform and record. Mississippians such as Albert King, Little Milton, and Pops Staples recorded at studios in Muscle Shoals and Sheffield, including those owned by Mississippi natives . . . Map (db m50652) HM
2Alabama, Lauderdale County, Florence — 186 — W. C. Handy Birthplace
(side 1) William Christopher Handy, widely honored as the “Father of the Blues,” was born in this house on November 16, 1873. In his autobiography, Handy traced the key events in his discovery of the blues back to his time in . . . Map (db m90306) HM
3Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — 88 — The Blues Trail: Mississippi to Helena
Helena has played a vital role in blues history for artists from both sides of the Mississippi River. Once known as a “wide open” hot spot for music, gambling, and nightlife, Helena was also the birthplace of “King Biscuit . . . Map (db m51907) HM
4California, Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, Downtown Los Angeles — 121 — Mississippi Blues & The Grammy Awards
Mississippi blues, country, gospel, soul, and rock 'n' roll artists have played a major role in the development of American popular music, and many have been recognized by The Recording Academy with Grammy Awards, Hall of Fame inductions, and . . . Map (db m164646) HM
5Florida, Escambia County, Pensacola — 203 — Pensacola Blues
Front Pensacola, an important early center of blues, ragtime, vaudeville and jazz activity, developed into a regional cornerstone of the “chitlin’ circuit” in later years. Touring blues, jazz and rhythm & blues acts, and . . . Map (db m130678) HM
6Florida, Leon County, Tallahassee — 119 — The Blues Trail: Mississippi to Florida
Front North Florida’s urban clubs and rural roadhouses, including clubs that have operated at this historic Bradfordville location, have played an important role in the history of the Gulf Coast “chitlin circuit” for touring . . . Map (db m79458) HM
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7Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — 77 — The Blues Trail: Mississippi to Chicago
The "Great Migration" from the South to "the Promised Land" of Chicago brought more African Americans here from Mississippi than any other state, especially during and after World War II. With the migrants came the Delta blues that was the . . . Map (db m47901) HM
8Louisiana, Concordia Parish, Ferriday — 107 — The Blues Trail: Mississippi to Louisiana
Louisiana and Mississippi have long shared a close musical relationship. One of the most important musical paths was that between Natchez and Ferriday, where African American entrepreneur Will Haney operated Haney’s Big House for several . . . Map (db m79555) HM
9Louisiana, Pointe Coupee Parish, Lettsworth — 201 — Buddy Guy
George “Buddy” Guy, one of the most dazzling performers in blues history, was born here in Lettsworth on July 30, 1936. His primary influences included local Louisiana musicians and many more who were born across the river in . . . Map (db m127700) HM
10Maine, Knox County, Rockland — 110 — The Blues Trail: Mississippi to Maine
As blues has spread from Mississippi to the far corners of the country and the world, the state of Maine has assumed an active role in the presentation and promotion of the music to appreciative local audiences ever since Mississippi born blues . . . Map (db m77146) HM
11Mississippi, Adams County, Natchez — 36 — "The Natchez Burning"
(side 1) One of the deadliest fires in American history took the lives of over 200 people, including bandleader Walter Barnes and nine members of his dance orchestra at the Rhythm Club (less than a mile southeast of this site) on April 23, . . . Map (db m70811) HM
12Mississippi, Adams County, Natchez — 123 — Bud Scott
(side 1) Clarence “Bud” Scott, Sr., led one of the most popular dance bands in the Mississippi-Louisiana region for several decades beginning around 1900. Scott (1876-1938), a lifelong Natchez resident, was renowned among both . . . Map (db m70852) HM
13Mississippi, Adams County, Natchez — 129 — Ealey Brothers
(Front Side) The Ealey family of Sibley has produced some of the most talented musicians to emerge from the Natchez area. Brothers Theodis, YZ, and Melwyn Ealey performed together locally in the band YZ Ealey and the Merry Makers in the . . . Map (db m87181) HM
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14Mississippi, Adams County, Natchez — 83 — Papa Lightfoot & The Natchez Blues
Side 1The rich legacy of blues, jazz, and gospel in Natchez has often been obscured by the tragic shadow of the notorious Rhythm Club fire that claimed some 200 lives here in 1940. Alexander “Papa George” Lightfoot was one of the . . . Map (db m105233) HM
15Mississippi, Attala County, Kosciusko — 70 — Charlie Musselwhite
(side 1) World-renowned harmonica virtuoso Charlie Musselwhite was born in Kosciusko on January 31, 1944. His great uncle, Lamar Coalson, once owned the store that occupied this site. Musselwhite began playing in Memphis and rose to . . . Map (db m130064) HM
16Mississippi, Benton County, Ashland — 181 — Willie Mitchell
(side 1) As a producer, studio engineer, trumpeter and bandleader, Willie Mitchell played a central role in the rise of Memphis as a center for soul music. Mitchell, born in Ashland on March 1, 1928, made many recordings under his own name, . . . Map (db m171412) HM
17Mississippi, Bolivar County, Alligator — 166 — Alligator Blues
Highway 61, "the blues highway," is lined with the birthplaces of blues, R&B, and gospel artists all along its route in Mississippi, and even small communities such as Alligator share in this proud musical legacy. Performers born or raised around . . . Map (db m154805) HM
18Mississippi, Bolivar County, Benoit — 128 — Eddie Shaw
Blues saxophonist extraordinaire Eddie Shaw was born on a Stringtown plantation on March 20, 1937. He learned music at school in Greenville and performed in various local bands before moving to Chicago to join the Muddy Waters band. Shaw served as . . . Map (db m154795) HM
19Mississippi, Bolivar County, Benoit — 101 — Eddie Taylor
(Front) Benoit native Eddie Taylor, an architect of the post-World War II Chicago blues genre, was renowned for his work both as a bandleader and accompanist. He was best known for shaping the distinctive sound of Jimmy Reed, a childhood . . . Map (db m154785) HM
20Mississippi, Bolivar County, Boyle — 5 — The Peavine
Front The "Peavine" branch of the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad met the Memphis to Vicksburg mainline at this site. From the late 1890s through the 1930s, the "Peavine" provided reliable transportation for bluesmen among the . . . Map (db m160438) HM
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21Mississippi, Bolivar County, Cleveland — 78 — Chrisman Street
Side 1 During the segregation era many towns in Mississippi had a particular street that served as the center of African American business and social life, catering not only to townsfolk but to farm hands and sharecroppers from the countryside . . . Map (db m170498) HM
22Mississippi, Bolivar County, Cleveland — 188 — Gospel Music and the Blues
Side 1 Despite their conceptual differences, gospel, the Sunday morning music of the church, and blues, the Saturday night music of the juke joint, share some of the same roots, influences and musical traits. Many African African singers have . . . Map (db m170501) HM
23Mississippi, Bolivar County, Cleveland — 192 — Grammy Museum® Mississippi
Side 1 The Los Angeles-based GRAMMY Museum’s decision to open a sister museum here in Cleveland in 2016 was a testament to Mississippi's rich musical heritage in blues, country, gospel, rock and other genres. Among Mississippi’s many GRAMMY . . . Map (db m170502) HM
24Mississippi, Bolivar County, Cleveland — 173 — The Enlightenment of W.C. Handy
Front In W.C. Handy's famous account of his "enlightenment" in Cleveland, a ragged local trio was showered with coins after Handy's orchestra of trained musicians had been unable to similarly excite the crowd. In early manuscripts of . . . Map (db m90071) HM
25Mississippi, Bolivar County, Duncan — 185 — The Blues Legends of Duncan
(front) Duncan has earned its place in blues history as the birthplace or former residence of performers who achieved notoriety locally and around the world. The legendary Jimmy Reed lived on the nearby McMurchy plantation in his youth. . . . Map (db m154804) HM
26Mississippi, Bolivar County, Mound Bayou — 161 — Mound Bayou Blues
Front Music has been one of the many facets of African American culture proudly nurtured by the community of Mound Bayou, ranging from blues and R&B in cafes, lounges, and juke joints to musical programs in schools, studios, and . . . Map (db m90065) HM
27Mississippi, Bolivar County, Rosedale — 138 — Hot Tamales and the Blues
(front) In his 1936 recording “They’re Red Hot,” bluesman Robert Johnson employed the imagery of a tamale vendor to describe a woman. Made of corn meal and meat, the tamale was a staple in the diet of Mexican migrant laborers in . . . Map (db m154799) HM
28Mississippi, Bolivar County, Rosedale — 6 — Rosedale
(front) Rosedale was immortalized in Robert Johnson's 1937 recording Traveling Riverside Blues. In 1968, Eric Clapton's group Cream incorporated the verse "Goin' down to Rosedale" into their version of Johnson's Cross Road . . . Map (db m154800) HM
29Mississippi, Bolivar County, Scott — 69 — Mississippi River Blues: The 1927 Flood
Front Blues singers have recorded many songs in response to natural disasters, none more dramatic than those about the great flood of the Mississippi River that inundated much of the Delta after the levee broke just 2-3/4 miles west of . . . Map (db m160437) HM
30Mississippi, Bolivar County, Shaw — 8 — Honeyboy Edwards
David "Honeyboy" Edwards, born in Shaw in 1915, took to the road as a teenager accompanying Big Joe Williams and became a true "rambling" bluesman. Later Edwards traveled with other artists, including Robert Johnson. Edwards recorded blues for the . . . Map (db m170687) HM
31Mississippi, Bolivar County, Shelby — 97 — Henry Townsend
(front) Henry Townsend, the only blues artist to have recorded during every decade from the 1920s to the 2000s, was born in Shelby on October 27, 1909. A longtime resident of St. Louis, where he was hailed as a patriarch of the local blues . . . Map (db m154802) HM
32Mississippi, Bolivar County, Waxhaw — 117 — Otis Clay
Otis Clay, one of America’s premier singers of soul and gospel music, was born in Waxhaw on February 11, 1942. His storied journey to international renown began at the age of four at the Tree of Life Missionary Baptist Church here, where he attended . . . Map (db m174025) HM
33Mississippi, Calhoun County, Bruce — 194 — Calhoun County Blues
Front The musical heritage of Calhoun County was illuminated in 2014 via international acclaim for longtime Bruce resident and Sabougla native Leo “Bud” Welch, The guitarist and vocalist began playing blues in his teens and . . . Map (db m107618) HM
34Mississippi, Carroll County, Avalon — 32 — Mississippi John Hurt
Front World-renowned master of the acoustic guitar John Hurt, an important figure in the 1960s folk blues revival, spent most of his life doing farm work around Avalon in Carroll County and performing for parties and local gatherings. . . . Map (db m160397) HM
35Mississippi, Chickasaw County, Houston — 89 — Booker "Bukka" White
(Side 1) Houston area native Booker T. Washington White (c. 1904–1977) was one of the most expressive vocalists and powerful slide guitarists in the blues. A remarkable lyricist as well, he recorded such classics as “Shake ‘Em On . . . Map (db m155277) HM
36Mississippi, Choctaw County, Ackerman — 139 — Two Steps From The Blues
"Two Steps From the Blues" might refer to Choctaw County's location, a bit off the path from the well-known blues highways and byways of Mississippi, but it is also the title of a classic blues song written by a native of Ackerman, "Texas" Johnny . . . Map (db m51199) HM
37Mississippi, Choctaw County, Weir — 160 — Choctaw County Blues
Choctaw County’s blues history is distinguished by the accomplishments of two artists in particular, both of them singers, songwriters, and guitarists; Levester “Big Lucky” Carter, who was born in Weir and raised on his family’s farm in French Camp, . . . Map (db m205436) HM
38Mississippi, Claiborne County, Port Gibson — 207 — Lil Green
Lil Green was known as the Queen of the Blues in the early 1940s when her distinctive, seductive voice was highlighted on “Romance in the Dark,” “Why Don’t You Do Right?” and other blues and pop songs recorded for the . . . Map (db m143094) HM
39Mississippi, Claiborne County, Port Gibson — 21 — Rabbit Foot Minstrels Reported missing
During the first half of the 20th century, the African American Rabbit Foot Minstrels entertainers played a major role in spreading the blues via tours across the South. Founded in 1900, the “Foots” were headquartered in Port Gibson between 1918 and . . . Map (db m35545) HM
40Mississippi, Clay County, West Point — 18 — Howlin' Wolf
One of the giants of post-World War II Chicago blues, Chester Arthur Burnett, aka “Howlin’ Wolf,” was born in White Station, just north of West Point, on June 10, 1910. In his early teens Burnett began performing in the Delta and was . . . Map (db m50299) HM
41Mississippi, Coahoma County, Bobo — 130 — Little Junior Parker
Little Junior Parker, one of the most outstanding blues singers of the 1950s and ‘60s, was born on a plantation near Bobo on March 27, 1932. As a youngster Parker moved with his mother to West Memphis, and he recorded his first hit, “Feelin’ Good,” . . . Map (db m174029) HM
42Mississippi, Coahoma County, Clarksdale — 180 — Big Jack Johnson
Front The Clarksdale area is famed for its many legendary blues artists who achieved their greatest success after moving away, such as Muddy Waters, Ike Turner, and John Lee Hooker. But there were world-renowned musicians who . . . Map (db m90061) HM
43Mississippi, Coahoma County, Clarksdale — 170 — Delta Blues Museum
Front The Delta Blues Museum, the world's first museum devoted to blues, was founded on January 31, 1979, by Sid Graves, director of Clarksdale's Carnegie Public Library. Originally housed in a room of the Myrtle Hall Elementary . . . Map (db m90046) HM
44Mississippi, Coahoma County, Clarksdale — 111 — Ike Turner
Front Rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm & blues pioneer Ike Turner began his career playing blues and boogie woogie piano in Clarksdale. Turner was born less than a mile south-west of this site, at 304 Washington Avenue in the Riverton . . . Map (db m90041) HM
45Mississippi, Coahoma County, Clarksdale — 4 — Riverside Hotel
Front Since 1944 the Riverside Hotel has provided lodging for traveling musicians. It was home to some, including Sonny Boy Williamson II, Ike Turner, and Robert Nighthawk. Before that, the building served African Americans of the . . . Map (db m90062) HM
46Mississippi, Coahoma County, Clarksdale — 81 — Sam Cooke
Front The golden voice of Sam Cooke thrilled and enchanted millions of listeners on the hit recordings “You Send Me,” “Shake,” “A Change is Gonna Come,” “Chain Gang,” and many more. . . . Map (db m90050) HM
47Mississippi, Coahoma County, Clarksdale — 157 — Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival
Front The Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival, a preeminent showcase for homegrown Mississippi talent, began in 1988 as a promotion to draw area shoppers to downtown Clarksdale. The festival's dedication to presenting authentic . . . Map (db m90047) HM
48Mississippi, Coahoma County, Clarksdale — 137 — The New World
Front This neighborhood, known since the turn of the twentieth century as the New World, was a breeding ground for ragtime, blues, and jazz music in Clarksdale's early days as a prosperous and adventurous new cotton town, when . . . Map (db m90060) HM
49Mississippi, Coahoma County, Clarksdale — 126 — Wade Walton
Front One of Clarksdale's most talented and renowned blues musicians, Wade Walton (1923-2000) chose to pursue a career as a barber rather than as a professional entertainer. Walton never lost his love for blues, however, and often . . . Map (db m90049) HM
50Mississippi, Coahoma County, Clarksdale — 105 — WROX Radio
Front WROX, Clarksdale’s first radio station, went on the air on June 5, 1944, from studios at 321 Delta Avenue. From 1945 until 1955 the station was headquartered here at 257 Delta. Legendary disc jockey Early “Soul Man” . . . Map (db m90033) HM
51Mississippi, Coahoma County, Friars Point — 27 — Robert Nighthawk
Front Robert Nighthawk (1909-1967) was one of the foremost blues guitarists of his era. Although he rarely stayed long in one town, he called Friars Point home at various times from the 1920s to the 1960s. In a 1940 recording, he sang of . . . Map (db m160406) HM
52Mississippi, Coahoma County, Hopson — 41 — Cotton Pickin' Blues
Front One of the major factors behind the “great migration” of African Americans from the South to northern cities was the mechanization of agriculture, which diminished the need for manual laborers. In 1944 the Hopson . . . Map (db m90029) HM
53Mississippi, Coahoma County, Lula — 31 — "Livin' at Lula"
Front The Lula area has been home to legendary Mississippi blues performers Charley Patton, Son House, Frank Frost, and Sam Carr. Patton immortalized Lula in the lyrics of his recordings “Dry Well Blues” (1930) and . . . Map (db m107619) HM
54Mississippi, Coahoma County, Lyon — 200 — Rocket "88"
The 1951 classic Rocket “88” by Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats has often been cited as the first rock ‘n’ roll record. Waxed at Sam Phillips’ Memphis Recording Service, it was also the first No. 1 rhythm & blues hit for Chicago-based Chess . . . Map (db m174032) HM
55Mississippi, Coahoma County, Stovall — 9 — Muddy Waters's House
Front Muddy Waters lived most of his first thirty years in a house on this site, part of the Stovall Plantation. In 1996 the restored house was put on display at the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale. Muddy Waters was first recorded here . . . Map (db m160400) HM
56Mississippi, Copiah County, Crystal Springs — 22 — Tommy Johnson
Tommy Johnson (1896-1956) was one of the most influential blues artists in Mississippi in the 1920s and 1930s. He grew up in the Crystal Springs area, where he often performed with his brothers LeDell and Mager. His original songs, which were widely . . . Map (db m50895) HM
57Mississippi, Copiah County, Hazlehurst — 29 — Robert Johnson
Front The legendary bluesman Robert Johnson was born on the northern outskirts of Hazlehurst to Julia Major and Noah Johnson, on May 8, 1911 (or possibly 1912). Johnson lived in Tunica County and in Memphis as a child, but in the early . . . Map (db m81864) HM
58Mississippi, Copiah County, Wesson — 162 — Houston Stackhouse
Front Although Houston Stackhouse never became a major name in blues, he played key roles in Delta blues history as a sideman, mentor, and influence. A constant presence in Mississippi and Arkansas blues circles for several decades, he . . . Map (db m122613) HM
59Mississippi, DeSoto County, Hernando — 74 — "Beale Town Bound"
The Hernando area was the birthplace of an important group of musicians who helped establish Memphis as a major blues center in the 1920s. These include Jim Jackson, Robert Wilkins, and Dan Sane, who was the partner of Beale Street blues pioneer . . . Map (db m170490) HM
60Mississippi, DeSoto County, Hernando — 189 — The Dickinson Family
James Luther “Jim” Dickinson (1941-2009) played a central role in the Memphis area blues scene for many decades though his work as a producer, vocalist and pianist. In 1996 his sons Luther and Cody formed the North Mississippi Allstars . . . Map (db m170488) HM
61Mississippi, DeSoto County, Horn Lake — 44 — Big Walter Horton Reported damaged
Blues harmonica virtuoso Big Walter Horton was renowned for his innovative contributions to the music of Memphis and Chicago. Horton was born in Horn Lake on April 6, 1918, and began his career as a child working for tips on the streets of Memphis. . . . Map (db m170527) HM
62Mississippi, DeSoto County, Nesbit — 103 — Mississippi Joe Callicott
Although his early recording career resulted in only two songs issued in 1930, Nesbit native Joe Callicott (1899-1969) is often regarded as one of Mississippi’s finest early bluesmen. His guitar work was also featured with local bluesman Garfield . . . Map (db m170530) HM
63Mississippi, Forrest County, Hattiesburg — 102 — Hi-Hat Club
Side A The Hi-Hat Club, which was built at this site in the 1950s, was once an important stop on the “chitlin circuit” for African American blues and soul performers. B. B. King, James Brown, Otis Redding, Ike & Tina Turner, . . . Map (db m118467) HM
64Mississippi, Forrest County, Hattiesburg — 55 — Roots of Rock and Roll
Side A Rock and roll is rooted in the blues of Mississippi. The Mississippi Jook Band (brothers Roosevelt and Uaroy Graves and pianist Cooney Vaughan) earned a niche in the annals of rock after they recorded in Hattiesburg in 1936, nearly . . . Map (db m118400) HM
65Mississippi, Grenada County, Grenada — 174 — Grenada Blues
Front Grenada County-bred blues has long been an influential force in popular music. Musicians whose talents were nurtured in the Grenada area have included St. Louis bluesmen Walter Davis, a major blues recording artist of the 1930s, . . . Map (db m90022) HM
66Mississippi, Grenada County, Grenada — 17 — Magic Sam
Magic Sam (Samuel Maghett) was one of the most dynamic and gifted blues musicians during his short lifetime (1937-1969). Born few miles northeast of this site, Maghett began his performing career in Grenada and lived in this house until he . . . Map (db m174060) HM
67Mississippi, Grenada County, Grenada — 134 — Magic Slim
Front 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 . . . Map (db m90020) HM
68Mississippi, Hancock County, Bay St. Louis — 132 — 100 Men D.B.A. Hall
Front The 100 Men D.B.A. Hall, a longtime center of African American social life and entertainment, was built in 1922 by the One Hundred Members’ Debating Benevolent Association. Over the years the association sponsored many events and . . . Map (db m80992) HM
69Mississippi, Harrison County, Biloxi — 108 — Biloxi Blues
Front The Mississippi coast, long a destination for pleasure seekers, tourists, and gamblers, as well as maritime workers and armed services personnel, developed a flourishing nightlife during the segregation era. While most venues . . . Map (db m90623) HM
70Mississippi, Harrison County, Gulfport — 24 — Broadcasting the Blues
Front Blues radio took off in the post-World War II era with the arrival of rhythm & blues programming. A new era for blues radio began in 2000 when Rip Daniels, a Gulfport native, launched the American Blues Network (ABN) at this site. . . . Map (db m80988) HM
71Mississippi, Harrison County, Gulfport — 184 — Gulfport Boogie
Front Gulfport was once home to an active blues and rhythm & blues scene, particularly here in the North Gulfport area. Jaimoe, famed drummer with the Allman Brothers Band, was raised in Gulfport, as was the band’s onetime bassist . . . Map (db m80990) HM
72Mississippi, Harrison County, Pass Christian — 124 — Blues & Jazz in the Pass
Front The histories of blues and jazz are often traced along separate pathways, but, especially on the Gulf Coast, the two genres were intertwined from the earliest days. Blues was a key element in the music of Pass Christian’s . . . Map (db m80991) HM
73Mississippi, Hinds County, Bolton — 175 — Charley Patton Birthplace
Mississippi blues master Charley Patton was born on this property when it was known as Herring's Place, according to Bolton bluesman Sam Chatmon. Patton's birthdate has often been reported as April 1891, but other sources cite earlier dates, . . . Map (db m80015) HM
74Mississippi, Hinds County, Bolton — 176 — The Chatmon FamilyMississippi Sheiks
Front The Henderson Chatmon family, which produced some of Mississippi's most important blues and string band musicians, lived near this site on Texas Street in 1900. Henderson's sons Armenter, better known as "Bo Carter" and Sam . . . Map (db m90192) HM
75Mississippi, Hinds County, Jackson — 87 — Ace Records
Ace Records, founded in 1955 by Johnny Vincent (1925-2000), was the most successful Mississippi-based label of the 1950s and 1960s. Ace’s extensive catalog of blues, R&B, pop, rock, and soul included records by Mississippi blues artists Arthur . . . Map (db m49681) HM
76Mississippi, Hinds County, Jackson — 57 — Bobby Rush
Front Bobby Rush, a Louisiana native who lived for decades in Chicago, earned the title “king of the chitlin circuit” after relocating to Jackson in the early 1980s. Rush's distinctive “folk funk” style, featured . . . Map (db m109296) HM
77Mississippi, Hinds County, Jackson — 100 — Cassandra Wilson
~Front~ Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist Cassandra Wilson, a native of Jackson, is known for her broad explorations of various forms of music, including the blues. Her recordings include versions of songs by Delta blues artists Robert . . . Map (db m72134) HM
78Mississippi, Hinds County, Jackson — 135 — Edwards Hotel
Constructed in 1923 and renamed the King Edward Hotel in 1954, the Edwards Hotel was the site of temporary studios set up by OKeh Records in 1930 and the American Record Corporation in 1935 to record blues artists Bo Carter, Robert Wilkins, Joe . . . Map (db m49680) HM
79Mississippi, Hinds County, Jackson — 204 — H.C. Speir
(side 1) Henry Columbus (H.C.) Speir (1895-1972) played a crucial role in the recording of dozens of blues, country and gospel artists in the 1920s and 30s. In his position as owner of Speir Phonograph Company, founded here at 225 N. . . . Map (db m148590) HM
80Mississippi, Hinds County, Jackson — 104 — Ishmon Bracey
~Front~ One of the earliest blues musicians from Mississippi to make recordings, Ishmon Bracey (1899-1970) is buried in the nearby Willow Park Cemetery. In the 1920s and '30s Bracey was a leading bluesman in the Jackson area and . . . Map (db m71512) HM
81Mississippi, Hinds County, Jackson — 35 — Malaco Records
Front Malaco Records, one of America’s foremost labels in the fields of southern soul, blues, and gospel, was founded at this site in 1967. Malaco’s studio was the first state-of-the-art recording facility in Mississippi. The label . . . Map (db m90193) HM
82Mississippi, Hinds County, Jackson — 164 — Otis Spann & Little Johnnie Jones
~ Front Side ~ Otis Spann and Little Johnnie Jones, two of the acknowledged masters of Chicago blues piano, were cousins who lived in Jackson in the 1930s and '40s. On the vibrant post-World War II Chicago scene they both played with blues . . . Map (db m81972) HM
83Mississippi, Hinds County, Jackson — 66 — Queen of Hearts
Front The Queen of Hearts, a primary venue for down-home blues in Jackson, opened at this location in the 1970s. During the following decades, owner-operator Chellie B. Lewis presented the blues bands of King Edward, Sam Myers, Big Bad . . . Map (db m90194) HM
84Mississippi, Hinds County, Jackson — 116 — Scott Radio Service Company
Front Scott Radio Service Company, located at 128 North Gallatin Street, just north of this site, was one of the first businesses in Mississippi to offer professional recording technology. The Jackson-based Trumpet record label used . . . Map (db m90196) HM
85Mississippi, Hinds County, Jackson — 12 — Summers Hotel & Subway Lounge
During the era of segregation, traveling African Americans had few options for lodging. In Jackson, many black musicians stayed at the Summers Hotel, established in 1944 by W.J. Summers. In 1966 Summers opened a club in the hotel basement that he . . . Map (db m71513) HM
86Mississippi, Hinds County, Jackson — 42 — The Alamo Theatre
The Alamo Theatre opened at this location in 1949. Prior to that the Alamo occupied two other spots in the area. The theatre showed movies, hosted music competitions, and presented blues and jazz concerts by artists such as Nat “King” . . . Map (db m51197) HM
87Mississippi, Hinds County, Jackson — 25 — Trumpet Records
Trumpet Records was the first record company in Mississippi to achieve national stature through its distribution, sales, radio airplay and promotion. Willard and Lillian McMurry launched the label from their retail store, the Record Mart, here at . . . Map (db m51196) HM
88Mississippi, Hinds County, Raymond — 53 — The McCoy Brothers
(side 1) 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 . . . Map (db m70324) HM
89Mississippi, Holmes County, Lexington — 167 — Elmore James
[Front] The cemetery of the Newport Missionary Baptist Church is the final resting place of Elmore James (1918-1963), often described as the "king of the slide guitar." James' electric style built on the approach of Robert Johnson and later . . . Map (db m140748) HM
90Mississippi, Holmes County, Lexington — 156 — Holmes County Blues Lexington
[Front] Holmes County has been a significant contributor to the legacy of African American blues and gospel music in Mississippi. Heralded blues artists born or raised in the Lexington area include Elmore James (a native of Richland, . . . Map (db m140751) HM
91Mississippi, Holmes County, Tchula — 168 — Holmes County Blues Tchula
Front Many blues performers who gained fame in the Delta, Jackson, and Chicago and on the southern soul circuit have lived in or near Tchula, including Elmore James, Hound Dog Taylor, Jimmy Dawkins, Jesse Robinson, Lewis "Love Doctor" . . . Map (db m121121) HM
92Mississippi, Humphreys County, Belzoni — 73 — Denise LaSalle
Front Soul and blues star Denise LaSalle was born Denise Allen near Sidon in rural Leflore County on July 16, 1939, but spent much of her childhood here in Belzoni. After moving to Chicago in her teens, she began writing songs and . . . Map (db m77269) HM
93Mississippi, Humphreys County, Belzoni — 38 — Pinetop Perkins
Front Blues piano master Joe Willie “Pinetop” Perkins was born on July 7, 1913, on the Honey Island Plantation, seven miles southeast of Belzoni. Perkins spent much of his career accompanying blues icons such as Sonny Boy Williamson . . . Map (db m77268) HM
94Mississippi, Humphreys County, Belzoni — 106 — Turner's Drug Store
Front The names of Turner’s Drug Store (located on this corner) and the Easy Pay Store across the street are etched into blues history as sponsors of some of the first radio programs in Mississippi to feature Delta blues. In 1947-48 . . . Map (db m77270) HM
95Mississippi, Itawamba County, Fulton — 131 — Jimmie Lunceford
Front Jazz bandleader and saxophonist James Melvin “Jimmie” Lunceford was born just outside Fulton on June 6, 1902. He formed his first band, the Chickasaw Syncopators, while teaching at Manassas High School in Memphis in . . . Map (db m96781) HM
96Mississippi, Jackson County, Moss Point — 193 — Moss Point Blues
Front The African American community of Moss Point has produced an abundance of talented musicians, including many who entertained along the Gulf Coast as well as some who traveled across the country and overseas as members of prominent . . . Map (db m102156) HM
97Mississippi, Jackson County, Ocean Springs — 197 — Ocean Springs Blues
Front Music has been an integral component of Ocean Springs’ legacy as a coastal cradle of the arts and a sponsor of festive celebrations. Notable African-American musicians born in Ocean Springs include Jaimoe (Johnnie Lee Johnson), who . . . Map (db m122355) HM
98Mississippi, Jackson County, Pascagoula — 191 — Mississippi Gulf Coast Blues & Heritage Festival
Front The Mississippi Gulf Coast Blues & Heritage Festival, one of the longest running blues festivals in the Deep South, was founded in 1991 by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Blues Commission, Inc. At the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in . . . Map (db m102158) HM
99Mississippi, Jefferson County, Fayette — 85 — Charles Evers & The Blues
Side 1 In 1973 Mayor Charles Evers of Fayette and B. B. King began to cosponsor concerts at the Medgar Evers Homecoming in honor of the slain civil rights activist. Dozens of blues, soul, and gospel acts performed at the annual festival . . . Map (db m162116) HM
100Mississippi, Jones County, Laurel — 127 — Jones County Blues
Front The Laurel area, a hub of musical activity in southeast Mississippi, has been home to a number of noted blues performers including harmonica player Sam Myers, singer Albennie Jones, and guitarist Blind Roosevelt Graves. R&B, blues, . . . Map (db m110992) HM

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