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DAVID DALLAS — Mississippi’s greatest ambassador ‘irreplaceable’

B.B. King bows following a performance. The coroner in Las Vegas says there’s no evidence King was poisoned before he died of natural causes in May 2015. Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg said Monday, July 13, 2015, that an autopsy sought by two of the musical icon’s 11 adult children came back cause of death alzheimers disease with other significant conditions.

The “King of the Blues,” Mississippi’s B.B. King, passed away last week. His trajectory to fame and fortune was much like that of Elvis Presley’s, the “King of Rock and Roll.” Both were born in Mississippi and moved up to Memphis to hit it big. But this King, B.B. King, did so much more for his home state of Mississippi. ...

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Sonny Boy Williamson getting Mississippi Blues Trail marker

HELENA, Ark. — Sonny Boy Williamson, a blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter from Mississippi, will be recognized with a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail tomorrow at 5 p.m. The unveiling will take place at 324 Phillips in Helena, Arkansas, a city in which Williamson lived and performed. Helena was home to a flourishing blues scene that inspired Williamson ...

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Blues marker going up to honor iconic railroad crossing

MOORHEAD — The spot where the east-west line of The Southern Railway intersected with the north-south line of the Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Railroad in Moorhead will be honored with a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail. The unveiling is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at Washington Street and West Delta Avenue in Moorhead. The Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Railroad, ...

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New Blues Trail marker to be unveiled in Tunica

TUNICA — The iconic Hollywood Café will be the newest site recognized with a Mississippi Blues Trail marker this week. The marker unveiling is scheduled for today at 5 p.m. at 1585 Old Commerce Road, Tunica Resorts. The Hollywood Café, both at this site and its original location in Hollywood, Miss., earned fame as a Delta dining institution but has ...

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Blues Trail marker ceremony moved due to weather

JACKSON — Due to the possibility of inclement weather, the location for today’s Mississippi Blues Trail marker unveilings has been changed. The markers for both Charley Patton and the Chatmon Family/Mississippi Sheiks will be unveiled at 1 p.m. at the Mississippi e-Center @ Jackson State University located at 1230 Raymond Road in Jackson. Live entertainment will be provided by Bobby ...

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Grenada singing the blues, and happy to do so

The Mississippi Blues Trail is getting another marker in a part of the state not commonly thought of as a hub of the genre. Grenada County is the latest community in Mississippi to be recognized with a Mississippi Blues Trail marker. The marker unveiling is scheduled for Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. at the Grenada Town Square in Grenada. Dave ...

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Folks singing the blues over missing B.B. King marker

One of the most important markers on the Mississippi Blues Trail appears to have been stolen. A marker commemorating the birthplace of blues legend B.B. King near Berclair in Leflore County is missing. It was located in front of a small clump of trees at the dusty intersection of County Roads 305 and 513 just west of Itta Bena. All ...

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State erects 173rd Blues Trail marker; honors Handy

CLEVELAND — The “Enlightenment of W.C. Handy” is the subject of the next Mississippi Blues Trail marker to be unveiled Thursday at the Bolivar County Courthouse. The Mississippi Development Authority’s Tourism Division says in a news release that Handy’s account of his “enlightenment” in Cleveland is one of the most widely circulated stories in blues history. Handy, a composer and ...

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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 ...

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Blues Trail marker to honor singer Otis Clay

JACKSON — A Mississippi Blues Trail marker is going up in Waxhaw in honor of native son, soul and gospel singer Otis Clay. The ceremony will be held Friday, and Clay will give a performance after the dedication. Clay and his band will travel from Chicago for the event in a park just east of Highway 1, six miles north ...

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