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'Gatemouth' Moore honored with Blues Trail marker

YAZOO CITY — Bishop Arnold Dwight “Gatemouth” Moore, a former national blues star who left the nightclub stage for the pulpit, is being honored with a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail.

The marker was unveiled Monday in Yazoo City.

Moore, a blues singers of the 1940s, experienced a dramatic conversion when he went onstage at the Club DeLisa in Chicago in 1948. No blues came from his mouth, only the spiritual “Shine on Me.”

Moore soon became not only an ordained minister but also one of America’s top gospel radio announcers on WDIA in Memphis.

He served as pastor of several churches in Mississippi and Louisiana.

He died in Yazoo City in 2004.

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