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Hoyt Ming gets marker on Mississippi Country Music Trail

Hoyt Ming was honored with a marker on the Mississippi Country Music Trail similar to the one honoring Conway Twitty.

Hoyt Ming was honored with a marker on the Mississippi Country Music Trail similar to the one honoring the legendary Conway Twitty.

ACKERMAN — Hoyt Ming, the founder, leader of and fiddler in Hoyt Ming & His Pep Steppers, was honored yesterday with a marker on the Mississippi Country Music Trail.

The marker was unveiled at 11 a.m. at East Main and North Hobson in Ackerman.

The Pep Steppers was a Tupelo-based country string band consisting of Hoyt, his wife Rozelle, and his brother Troy. They first recorded in 1928. Their most popular recording was “Indian War Whoop”

They regularly played at fairs, fiddling contests and rallies before World War II.

They made a short comeback in the 1960s, performed at the National Folk Festival in 1973, and contributed to the soundtrack of the motion picture “Ode to Billy Joe.”

Ming died in 1985.

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