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The Blues Trail - Historic Marker - Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
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N 35° 08.316 W 090° 03.135
15S E 768573 N 3892391
Quick Description: The Blues Trail From Mississippi to Memphis - In the 1940s Musicians from around the Mid South descended upon Memphis. Their interactions resulted in the revolutionary new sounds of R&B and Rock‘n’Roll. Located in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Location: Tennessee, United States
Date Posted: 5/19/2018 5:17:48 AM
Waymark Code: WMYA8V
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Titansfan
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The Blues Trail From Mississippi to Memphis Marker:

Marker Inscription. "The bright lights of Beale Street and the promise of musical stardom have lured blues musicians from nearby Mississippi since the early 1900s. Early Memphis blues luminaries who migrated from Mississippi include Gus Cannon, Furry Lewis, Jim Jackson and Memphis Minnie. In the post ~ World War II era many native Mississippians became blues, soul, and rock 'n' roll recording stars in Memphis, including Rufus Thomas, Junior Parker, B.B. King, and Elvis Presley.

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Memphis blues was discovered by the rest of the world largely via the works of Beale Street-based bandleader W.C. Handy, who began using blues motifs in his compositions shortly after encountering the music in the Mississippi Delta around 1903. By the 1920s musicians from Mississippi had relocated here to perform in local theaters, cafes, and parks. The mix of rural and urban musical traditions and songs from traveling minstrel and medicine shows led to the creation of new blues styles, and record companies set up temporary studios at the Peabody Hotel and other locations to capture the sounds of Mississippians who came to town to record, such as Tommy Johnson and Mississippi John Hurt, as well as some who had settled in Memphis, including Robert Wilkins, Jim Jackson, Gus Cannon, Memphis Minnie, and Joe McCoy."
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The Blues Trail From Mississippi to Memphis Marker

"Riley King arrived from Indianola and soon became known as the “Beale Street Blues Boy,” later shortened to “B.B.” Many of King’s first performances were at talent shows at the Palace Theater, 324 Beale, co-hosted by Rufus Thomas, a native of Cayce, Mississippi, who, like King, later worked as a deejay at WDIA. King and Thomas were among the many Mississippi-born artists who recorded at Sam Phillip’s Memphis Recording Service, where Tupelo’s Elvis Presley made his historic first recording for Phillip’s Sun label in 1954. The soul music era arrived with the Stax and Hi labels in the 1960s, and again many Mississippians were at the forefront: Stax’s roster included Little Milton, Albert King, Rufus Thomas, and Roebuck “Pops” Staples, while Hi producer and bandleader Willie Mitchell, a native of Ashland, oversaw recordings by soul and blues artists Otis Clay, Syl Johnson, Big Luck Carter, Big Amos (Patton), and others with Mississippi roots."
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Marker Name: The Blues Trail From Mississippi to Memphis

Marker Location: City

Type of Marker: Other

Marker Number: 72

Group(s) Responsible for placing Marker:
Mississippi Blues Commission. (Marker Number 72.)

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