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Blind Willie McTell
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Sprinterman
N 33° 27.956 W 082° 30.127
17S E 360414 N 3703951
Quick Description: Ga Historic Marker near the tourism office in Thompson, Georgia.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 8/12/2010 7:04:45 PM
Waymark Code: WM9F9D
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member iJEEP
Views: 11

Long Description:
The birthplace and burial place of this blues legend.

Text of the marker:

Willie Samuel McTear (1901-1959) was born between Big and Little Briar Creeks in the Happy Valley community. In 1911, he and his mother moved to Statesboro, where he began his life of traveling and performing. Although blind from infancy, Willie developed a lifelong independence based on his acute sense of hearing, remarkable memory and versatile musical genius.
Willie performed and recorded under many names but favored "Blind Willie" McTell. Best remembered for his blues, McTell, had a remarkable repertoire of blues, spirituals, gospel, rags, folk ballads and popular music. McTell played from "Maine to Mobile Bay", and at theaters, taverns, road houses, churches, medicine shows, train stations, barbecue joints, house parties, and on the streets.

His blues feature his trademark twelve-string guitar played in rapid and intricate patterns of jagged, shifting rhytms accompanying his clear tenor voice. He started recording in 1927 for RCA Victor and went on to record for Columbia, Okeh, Vocalion, Decca, Bluebird, Atlantic and the Library of Congress. He last recorded in 1956 and returned to McDuffie County shortly before his death and is buried in the Jones Grove Cemetery. Blind Willie was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 1990.
Waymark Type: Blues Legend Birthplace

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