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Grammy Award Winners Historical Markers

This list features historical markers relating to individuals who have received Grammy Awards.
 
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By Sandra Hughes, June 19, 2016
The Singing River Sculpture Marker
Alabama (Colbert County), Muscle Shoals — The Singing River Sculpture — In Muscle Shoals, Alabama
This sculpture is dedicated to the many individuals whose efforts made Muscle Shoals and the Muscle Shoals area the “Hit Recording Capital of the World,” and to those who continue that legacy. Legend of the Singing River The . . . — Map (db m95318) HM
Alabama (Lauderdale County), Florence — Samuel Cornelius Phillips — City of Florence Walk of Honor
Known as the "Father of Rock and Roll," Sam Phillips established Sun Records in 1952, helping Elvis Presley and other well-known artists launch their careers. He received a Grammy for Lifetime Achievement in music. — Map (db m84046) HM
Alabama (Montgomery County), Montgomery — Birthplace of Nat "King" Cole
Nat King Cole was a jazz pianist, composer, and singer celebrated as an American popular music artist in the 1940s and 1950s. He was born March 17, 1919 in Montgomery, Alabama as one of five children to Edward James Coles, a minister at Beulah . . . — Map (db m71228) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — 728 — Woody Guthrie
Woodrow Wilson (“Woody") Guthrie (1912-1967), composer of "This Land is Your Land,” arrived in Los Angeles in 1937 along with thousands of other migrant workers and families from the "Dust Bowl” region. Guthrie hosted a popular . . . — Map (db m131321) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Langdon — Chuck Brown Memorial Park
[Plaque on sculpture along 20th Street] A Celebration of Chuck Brown (1936-2012) The fundamental force behind Go-Go music -- Using music, story-telling, and rhythm to help create a culture of inclusion and participation in . . . — Map (db m130826) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Shaw — The Howard Theatre Walk of Fame
[South side] Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915-1973) Sister Rosetta Tharpe, known as the "Godmother of Rock and Roll", broke race and gender barriers with her genre-bending gospel music and guitar prowess. Initially . . . — Map (db m130608) HM
Indiana (Marion County), Indianapolis — J.L. "Wes" Montgomery
Born in Indianapolis on March 6, 1923, Wes Montgomery was part of a musical family and first performed in local clubs and regional jazz venues. He and his brothers, Buddy and Monk, were a popular musical trio. Wes Montgomery eventually became . . . — Map (db m132825) HM
Indiana (Marion County), Indianapolis — Montgomery House
John Leslie "Wes" Montgomery (1923-1968) was one of Indianapolis' elite jazz musicians. Montgomery began playing in the bars along Indiana Avenue and was an active improviser. He played in a vast range of styles despite having no formal musical . . . — Map (db m132742) HM
Iowa (Page County), Shenandoah — The Music of Shenandoah

Shenandoahans have a rich and unusual musical tradition.

The city boasted a fine opera house, built in 1881, and Western Normal College offered a degree in music in 1889. Shenandoah schools also offered fine vocal and instrumental music . . . — Map (db m87653) HM

Louisiana (Concordia Parish), Ferriday — Jerry Lee Lewis
Jerry Lee Lewis, aka The Killer, was born in 1935, in Ferriday, LA, where he began playing piano in his youth with his cousins, Mickey Gilley and Jimmy Swaggart. He grew up listening to broadcasts of the Louisiana Hayride and Grand Ole Opry on the . . . — Map (db m104041) HM
Louisiana (Pointe Coupee Parish), Lettsworth — Birthplace of Buddy Guy Lettsworth, Louisiana 70752
Buddy Guy was born July 30, 1936. in Lettsworth, Louisiana. He worked at LSU facilities services department before leaving to pursue a music career. On September 25, 1957 he boarded a train in New Orleans, Louisiana and arrived in Chicago to . . . — Map (db m127815) HM
Louisiana (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
Michigan (Ingham County), Lansing — Stevie Wonder b. 1950
In the early 1960’s, he was “Little Stevie Wonder,” a Motown prodigy enrolled at the Michigan School for the Blind. As a young adult, the Saginaw native began writing songs and producing records independently. He said, “When . . . — Map (db m103931) HM
Mississippi (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
Mississippi (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
Mississippi (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
Mississippi (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
Mississippi (Lafayette County), Oxford — 143 — Oxford & Lafayette County Blues
Front Lafayette County’s blues history has encompassed a wide range of activity by scholars, promoters, record companies, and musicians. The nightlife of Oxford has welcomed both local performers and national touring acts. The most . . . — Map (db m102876) HM
Mississippi (Montgomery County), Winona — 120 — Roebuck "Pops" Staples
Front Roebuck “Pops” Staples, one of the foremost figures in American gospel music as a singer, guitarist, and patriarch of the Staple Singers family group, was born on a farm near Winona on December 28, 1914. Staples began . . . — Map (db m90019) HM
Mississippi (Neshoba County), Philadelphia — 31 — Marty Gamblin
[Front] A native of Philadelphia, Marty Gamblin began his long career in the music business through booking bands while still in high school. He later worked closely with Mississippi songwriter/performer Jim Weatherly, and ran Glen . . . — Map (db m140736) HM
Mississippi (Neshoba County), Philadelphia — 26 — Otis Rush
[Front] The blues form reached both artistic and emotional peaks in the works of Otis Rush, who was born south of Philadelphia in Neshoba County in 1935. His music, shaped by the hardships and troubles of his early life in Mississippi, . . . — Map (db m140850) HM
Mississippi (Quitman County), Sledge — 8 — Charley Pride
Front The son of a Sledge sharecropper, Charley Frank Pride first won notice as a singer when music was just a sideline to his early baseball career. Taking a shot at what seemed an unlikely career in Nashville, he went on to record . . . — Map (db m107544) HM
Mississippi (Rankin County), Star — 30 — Faith Hill
(side 1) From the time of her childhood here in Star, Faith Hill demonstrated a zest for music and performing that took her to Nashville while still a teenager, and to stardom from the release of her first record in 1993. She became a . . . — Map (db m91738) HM
Mississippi (Sharkey County), Rolling Fork — 9 — Muddy Waters
~Front~ McKinley Morganfield, better known as Muddy Waters, was one of the foremost artists in blues history. In the late 1940s and 1950s he led the way in transforming traditional Delta blues into the electric Chicago blues style that paved the . . . — Map (db m80120) HM
Mississippi (Tunica County), Tunica — 30 — James Cotton
James Cotton, one of the world’s most popular and dynamic blues harmonica players, was born just east of this site on the Bonnie Blue plantation on July 1, 1935. Cotton apprenticed with harmonica master Sonny Boy Williamson No. 2 (Rice Miller) in . . . — Map (db m51770) HM
Mississippi (Winston County), Louisville — 16 — Carl Jackson
[Front] Born in Louisville in 1953, Carl Jackson played banjo here as a boy, and by age fourteen was backing Jim & Jesse on the Grand Ole Opry. By the age of twenty he had established a versatile career as a recording vocalist, . . . — Map (db m140735) HM
Missouri, St. Louis — Christine Brewer — Born October 26, 1955
Soprano Christine Brewer began her career singing in the choruses of the St. Louis Symphony and Opera Theatre of St. Louis. After winning the Metropolitan Opera auditions and the Richard Tucker Award in 1989, Brewer performed with top symphonies and . . . — Map (db m124781) HM
Missouri, St. Louis — Donny Hathaway — Born October 1, 1945
Soul singer Donny Hathaway grew up in St. Louis and graduated from Vashon High School in 1963. Already an accomplished producer, composer and musician, in 1970 he released the album "Everything Is Everything," which included the R&B hit "The . . . — Map (db m124792) HM
Missouri, St. Louis — Isley Brothers — Formed 1954
Starting with their 1959 hit "Shout," the Isley Brothers appeared on the Billboard charts for an incredible seven consecutive decades. Their other hits include the 1962 classic "Twist & Shout," the 1969 Grammy-winner "It's Your Thing," and the 1957 . . . — Map (db m133120) HM
Missouri, St. Louis — T Bone Burnett — Born January 14, 1948
T Bone Burnett was born in St. Louis and grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, where he began making records in 1965. He toured in Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue from 1975-76, and in 1980 he released "Truth Decay," the first of several critically . . . — Map (db m133119) HM
Missouri, St. Louis — The 5th Dimension — Born 1965
St. Louis-born singers Billy Davis, Jr., Lamonte McLemore and Ron Townson joined with Marilyn McCoo and Florence LaRue to create the lush "Champagne Soul" sound of the 5th Dimension. The group's first top ten hits "Up, Up and Away" (1967) and . . . — Map (db m133121) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Chuck Berry — Born October 18, 1926
Hailed as "The Father of Rock & Roll," Chuck Berry's signature guitar work, poetic songwriting, and inspired showmanship have influenced every Rock & Roll musician to follow him. Beginning with "Maybellene" in 1955, he recorded a series of hits that . . . — Map (db m124673) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Chuck Berry
International Legend with Local Roots Charles Edward Anderson (Chuck) Berry was born October 18, 1926 to Henry and Martha Berry in St. Louis, Missouri. He first took to the stage in 1941 during a school program at Sumner High School where he . . . — Map (db m124774) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — David Sanborn — Born July 30, 1945
Saxophonist David Sanborn grew up in Kirkwood and began playing in St. Louis area clubs as a teen. He backed legends like Albert King, Little Milton and Gil Evans, then joined the Paul Butterfield Blues Band in 1967, later playing with them at . . . — Map (db m124708) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Fontella Bass — Born July 3, 1940
Fontella Bass, daughter of Gospel great Martha Bass, was born and raised in St. Louis. She played piano and sang with R&B stars Little Milton and Oliver Sain, and launched her solo career in 1965 with the electrifying "Rescue Me," a #1 R&B and #4 . . . — Map (db m125035) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Ike Turner — Born November 5, 1931
Ike Turner played a profound role in shaping American music. His band's 1951 single "Rocket 88" is often regarded as the first Rock & Roll records. As a talent scout and A&R man, he discovered or recorded many Blues legends, including Elmore James, . . . — Map (db m124541) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — John Hartford — Born December 30, 1937
Growing up in University City and attending John Burroughs School, John Hartford was drawn to river life and the music of the banjo and fiddle. He earned two Grammys in 1967 for "Gentle on My Mind," one of the most recorded broadcast songs ever. . . . — Map (db m124624) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Leonard Slatkin — Born September 1, 1944
Leonard Slatkin studied violin, viola and piano as a child, and made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut at age 22. The leading American conductor of his generation, he was Music Director of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra in 1979. He has earned . . . — Map (db m124704) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Michael McDonald — Born February 12, 1952
Born and raised in the Ferguson area of St. Louis, Michael McDonald attended McCluer High School and performed locally with the Majestics and Jerry Jay and the Sheratons before moving to Los Angeles in 1970. After two years with Steely Dan, McDonald . . . — Map (db m124570) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Nelly — Born November 2, 1974
Born Cornell Haynes, Jr., Nelly formed the St. Lunatics in 1993 with friends from University City High. His 2000 solo debut "Country Grammar" topped the billboard charts, sold over 9 million copies and put St. Louis Hip-Hop in the national . . . — Map (db m124668) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Robert Guillaume — Born November 30, 1927
An actor who defied racial stereotypes, Robert Guillaume grew up in Downtown St. Louis and studied music at Washington University. After building a successful stage and career, in 1977 he assumed his trademark role as Benson. Guillaume insisted that . . . — Map (db m124623) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Tina Turner — Born November 26, 1939
Her powerful voice and the raw intensity of her stage shows brought Tina Turner Rhythm & Blues fame in the 1960s. Born Anna Mae Bullock in Nutbush, Tennessee, she moved to St. Louis at age 16. She was a student at Sumner High School when she joined . . . — Map (db m124686) HM
Pennsylvania (Allegheny County), Pittsburgh — Art Blakey — (1919-1990)
A founder of the “hard-bop” school of jazz, drummer Blakey grew up here, and got his start with Billy Eckstine's band. Blakey’s group, “The Jazz Messengers,” featured Hank Mobley, Freddie Hubbard, Horace Silver, and Wynton . . . — Map (db m48883) HM
Pennsylvania (Beaver County), West Aliquippa — Boyhood Home of Henry Mancini
West Aliquippa was boyhood home of composer Henry Mancini, who wrote scores for more than eighty movies, winning four academy awards and twenty grammy awards. Born in Cleveland, Mancini lived at 401 Beaver Avenue and graduated from Aliquippa High . . . — Map (db m48132) HM
Pennsylvania (Centre County), State College — The State Theatre — State College Historic Site
A movie house for more than 60 years. The State Theatre opened in 1938 with The Sisters, starring Errol Flynn and Bette Davis. "Warner Bros. announces with pride the opening of Central Pennsylvania's newest and finest theatre," read a . . . — Map (db m134749) HM
Pennsylvania (Delaware County), Chester — Ethel Waters — (1896-1977)
African American blues, jazz and gospel singer overcame poverty to become one of the highest paid stars on Broadway. Several of her songs are Grammy Hall of Fame inductees. For acting, she received both Oscar and Emmy nominations. Waters was born in . . . — Map (db m122309) HM
Pennsylvania (Philadelphia County), Philadelphia — The Dixie Hummingbirds
Renowned African American gospel vocal group originally formed in 1928; members received a National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellowship in 2000. They influenced popular musicians, including James Brown, Stevie Wonder, and the Temptations. . . . — Map (db m135875) HM
South Carolina (Spartanburg County), Spartanburg — Arthur Prysock / Ira Tucker
Arthur Prysock 1929-1997 Arthur Prycock was a prolific jazz crooner born in Spartanburg. Getting his start with Buddy Johnson's jazz orchestra in 1944, Prysock's rich baritone voice found its way onto nearly 60 albums. A highly adaptable . . . — Map (db m40338) HM
Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — 4D 63 — Mabel Louise "Big Maybelle" Smith
Born circa 1924 in Jackson, Tennessee, "Big Maybelle" became a powerful Rhythm & Blues Singer. With her emotive delivery, and as one of the premier R&B chanteuses of the 1950s, she served as an essential link between raucous 1950s R&B and the soul . . . — Map (db m137020) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 124 — Isaac Hayes
In the 1970s Hayes was a multiple gold and platinum-selling recording star. His recording of "Shaft" won an Oscar, Golden Globe, and three Grammy awards. He wrote or co-wrote over 200 songs for Stax Records including "Hold On, I'm Coming" and "Soul . . . — Map (db m87970) HM
Texas (Orange County), Orange — 15975 — Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown — (April 18, 1924 - September 10, 2005)
Well known for his expertise on the guitar and his multi-genre music, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown had a recording career that spanned more than 50 years. Born in Vinton, Louisiana, he and his family moved to Orange when he was an infant. Here, Brown . . . — Map (db m116271) HM
Utah (Kane County), Kanab — Marty Robbins — Utah's Little Hollywood — Kanab Utah “Walk of Fame” —
Grammy Award winning singer Marty Robbins wanted also to be a movie cowboy. He made several competent westerns including "Buffalo Gun," "The Badge of Marshal Brennan," "Guns of a Stranger" and "Raiders of Old California" shot right here in Kanab. . . . — Map (db m130647) HM
Utah (Kane County), Kanab — Tex Ritter — Utah's Little Hollywood — Kanab Utah “Walk of Fame” —
Singing cowboy star Tex Ritter and his horse, "White Flash", thundered across the screen in dozens of westerns, for Monogram Studios, in the 1930's and 1940's. In polls in that time, Tex was voted one of the top ten money making cowboys at the box . . . — Map (db m130629) HM
Virginia (Henrico County), Glen Allen — HC-39 — Maybelle Carter Family Residence
In 1947 the Maybelle Carter family bought the home at 4101 Old Springfield Road here in Glen Allen, Virginia. They performed on local radio stations WRNL-WRVA and the Old Dominion Barn Dance while living in the Richmond area. The daughters . . . — Map (db m115643) HM
Virginia, Newport News — W 70-a — Ella Fitzgerald — (1917-1996)
Born here in Newport News 25 Apr. 1917, Ella Fitzgerald, known as Lady Ella or the First Lady of Song, was considered one of the most influential jazz vocalists of the 20th century. Her three-octave vocal range and improvisational ability in scat . . . — Map (db m98280) HM
Virginia, Virginia Beach — Virginia Legends Walk
Several markers are located along the Virginia Legends Walk. In order, starting from the eastern entrance, they read as follows:Grace Sherwood (1660-1730) Sherwood lived in Princess Anne County from the latter 1600’s until the 1730’s, . . . — Map (db m33678) HM
Wisconsin (Waukesha County), Waukesha — 34-18 — Les Paul
Lester William Polfuss was born in Waukesha, WI on June 9, 1915, and lived in the 300 block of W. St. Paul Ave. He was a world-class innovative guitarist and inventor who perfected the first solid body electric guitar, multi-track recording, . . . — Map (db m62817) HM

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