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"Muddy Waters" Blues Trail Marker was placed in Clarksdale, MS designating the site of Muddy Waters' cabin to commemorate his importance to the music industry, especially the blues. His birth name was McKinley Morganfield. He was a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and bandleader. He received six Grammy awards, five Blues Music Awards, and was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 1994 the U. S. Postal Service put his photo on the 29 cent stamp.
Nelson Street in Greenville was the equivalent of Beale Street in Memphis in the mid-1900s.
Oktibbeha County has produced several Blues artists who achieved fame for their recordings and live performances in Chicago, California, or other areas. Blues Hall of Famer Big Joe Williams (c. 1903-1982), who waxed the classic "Baby Please Don't Go," was born close to Noxubee Swamp on the southern edge of the county. Tony Hollins (1910-c. 1959), who hailed from the Starkville-Osborn area, and Sturgis native Lou Thomas Watts (1934-1970) a.k.a. Kid Thomas, left small but significant bodies of recorded work.
Blues Marker honoring Otha Turner, a master of the fife and drum who attracted an international following as a fife player, preserving a historic fife and drum music tradition that predated the Blues.
Otis Rush Blues Trail Marker located at 256 West Beacon Street
For several decades beginning in the early 1900s, the Queen City Hotel, which stood across the street from this site, was at the center of a vibrant African-American community along 7th Avenue North. Clubs and cafes in the area featured Blues, Jazz, and Rhythm & Blues, and the hotel housed visiting musical celebrities, including B. B. King, Duke Ellington, and James Brown, as well as African-American professional athletes. The hotel was founded by a former slave, Robert Walker.
The Riverside Hotel is located at 615 Sunflower Avenue and has been in operation since 1944. Famed for providing lodging for such blues artists as Sonny Boy Williamson II, Ike Turner, and Robert Nighthawk, it was also where Bessie Smith died in 1937 after her fatal car accident on Hwy 61 (it was then known as the G. T. Thomas Hospital). John F. Kennedy, Jr. has also stayed there. The Riverside Hotel is still operated by the original family owners as an actual hotel and still welcomes visitors from around the world.
A seminal figure in the history of the Delta Blues, Robert Johnson (1911-1938), synthesized the music of Delta Blues pioneers such as Son House with outside traditions. He in turn influenced artists such as Muddy Waters and Elmore James. Johnson's compositions, notable for their poetic qualities, include the standards "Sweet Home Chicago" and Dust My Broom." Johnson's mysterious life and early death continue to fascinate modern fans. He is thought to be buried in this graveyard.
This Blues Trail Marker honors Robert Nighthawk, American blues musician born on Nov. 30, 1909. A blues musician, Nighthawk played and recorded under the pseudonyms Robert Lee McCoy and others. He was born in Helena, Arkansas, but grew up in Friars Point, MS.
Rosedale was immortalized in Robert Johnson's 1937 recording Traveling Riverside Blues..
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