A New Video On Our Rumble Channel: Little Milton – Sings Big Blues (1966)

We have put a new video on the Mississippi Blues Travellers channel on Rumble.com: Little Milton Sings Big Blues, a deleted Little Milton album originally released on Checker Records, a subsidiary of Chess Records, in 1966.

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Big Bill Broonzy Recordings (1941-1951) On Our Rumble Channel

We have added three new videos to our Rumble channel featuring Big Bill Broonzy‘s recordings made between 1941 and 1951.

The recordings are available on Big Bill Broonzy, Volume 3: The War And Postwar Years 1940-1951, a 4 CD set on JSP Records with is one of our Recommended Recordings.

CD cover. Big Bill Broonzy, Volume 3: The War and Postwar years 1940-51, on JSP Records
CD cover. Big Bill Broonzy, Volume 3: The War and Postwar years 1940-51, on JSP Records

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Mississippi Jook Band Recordings From 1936 On Our Rumble Channel

We have added a new video to our Rumble channel containing the four sides recorded by the Mississippi Jook Band in Hattiesburg, Mississippi in 1936.

These sides are noted on the Mississippi Blues Trail Roots Of Rock And Roll marker in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Mississippi Blues Trail marker, The Roots Of Rock And Roll, Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Mississippi Blues Trail marker, The Roots Of Rock And Roll, Hattiesburg, Mississippi

These Mississippi Jook Band tracks are taken from Mississippi Blues, Rare Cuts 1926-1941, When The Levee Breaks, on JSP Records, which is one of our Recommended Albums – Compilations.

Mississippi Blues, Rare Cuts 1926-1941, When The Levee Breaks, on JSP Records. CD cover.
Mississippi Blues, Rare Cuts 1926-1941, When The Levee Breaks, on JSP Records. CD cover.

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Willie Love – Recordings For Trumpet Records (1951-1953)

We have put a new video on the new Mississippi Blues Travellers channel on Rumble, featuring the recordings Willie Love made for Trumpet Records between 1951 and 1953:

This video includes Nelson Street Blues, which is mentioned on the Mississippi Blues Trail marker for Nelson Street in Greenville, Mississippi.

Mississippi Blues Trail marker for Nelson Street, Greenville, Mississippi
Mississippi Blues Trail marker for Nelson Street, Greenville, Mississippi

The Trumpet Records studio is still standing on Farish Street in Jackson, Mississippi.

The former location of Trumpet Records, Farish Street, Jackson, Mississippi
The former location of Trumpet Records, Farish Street, Jackson, Mississippi

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The First Video On The New Mississippi Blues Travellers Channel On Rumble

We uploaded some classic Roy Brown tracks as the first video on the new Mississippi Blues Travellers channel on Rumble:

 

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Photos Of Muddy Waters’ Cabin Prior To Being Moved To The Blues Museum

One of our readers, Larry Amato, recently sent us this query through Comments box on the MississippiBluesTravellers.com page on Muddy Waters House:

“Where is the remnants of the house now? I was in Clarksdale back in the 90’s the day they were dis-assembling it and supposedly bringing to a museum.[ Note: It is now in the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale].
There was a film crew there who filmed me playing some blues before they took the house down,,,.. I was the last person to play live music at the house..
any info would be appreciated..
thanks”

We asked Larry Amato if he had any photos from that day and he sent us these photos of Muddy Waters House being disassembled at Stovall Farms, outside Clarksdale, Mississippi, on 6 May 1996, prior to being moved to the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale.

Sign outside the Muddy Waters cabin, Stovall Farms, Clarksdale, Mississippi, circa 1990's (photo: Larry Amato)
Sign outside the Muddy Waters cabin, Stovall Farms, Clarksdale, Mississippi, 6 May 1996 (photo: Larry Amato)
Muddy Waters cabin being disassembled at Stovall Farms for its move to the Blues Museum, , Clarksdale, Mississippi, circa 1990's (photo: Larry Amato)
Muddy Waters cabin being disassembled at Stovall Farms for its move to the Delta Blues Museum, , Clarksdale, Mississippi, 6 May 1996 (photo: Larry Amato)
Muddy Waters cabin being disassembled at Stovall Farms for its move to the Blues Museum, , Clarksdale, Mississippi, circa 1990's (photo: Larry Amato)
Muddy Waters cabin being disassembled at Stovall Farms for its move to the Delta Blues Museum, , Clarksdale, Mississippi, 6 May 1996 (photo: Larry Amato)
Larry Amato at the Muddy Waters cabin as it was being disassembled at Stovall Farms for its move to the Blues Museum, , Clarksdale, Mississippi, circa 1990's (photo: Larry Amato)
Larry Amato at the Muddy Waters cabin as it was being disassembled at Stovall Farms for its move to the Delta Blues Museum, , Clarksdale, Mississippi, 6 May 1996 (photo: Larry Amato)
Larry Amato in the Stovall Farms cotton fields near the site Muddy Waters cabin, Clarksdale, Mississippi, circa 1990's (photo: Larry Amato)
Larry Amato in the Stovall Farms cotton fields near the site of Muddy Waters cabin, Clarksdale, Mississippi, circa 1998 (photo: John Sheehan)

Here is the Mississippi Blues Trail marker which now stands at the site of the Muddy Waters House, Stovall Farms, outside Clarksdale, Mississippi.

The Mississippi Blues Trail marker at the Muddy Waters House site, Stovall Farms, outside Clarksdale, Mississippi.
The Mississippi Blues Trail marker at the Muddy Waters House site, Stovall Farms, outside Clarksdale, Mississippi.

Another reader, Rick Hagedorn, wrote the following comment in the Dialog Box on our Muddy Waters’ House web page:

“When Muddy Waters cabin was moved from the Stovall Farms to the Blues museum, there was a crew from New Orleans that filmed the taking down of the cabin. Was this film ever released anywhere? Do you know the name of the film or the film crew? Thanks in advance.”

Both Larry Amato and Rick Hagedorn wrote about a film crew, possibly based in New Orleans, having filmed the dismantling of Muddy Waters’ house at Stovall Farms on May 6 1996.

Does anyone anything about this film and/or the film crew? We haven’t seen this film and we weren’t aware of it until Larry Amato and Rick Hagedorn mentioned it in comments on the website.

If you know anything about it please let us know by leaving a comment in the Dialog Box below.

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Recommended Book – Brother Robert: Growing Up With Robert Johnson by Annye E. Anderson with Preston Lauterbach

Recommended Books

As one of our Recommended Books, we recommend Brother Robert: Growing Up With Robert Johnson by Annye E. Anderson with Preston Lauterbach.

Annye E. Anderson was a relative of Robert Johnson, who knew Robert Johnson in her childhood. Her recollections add many important details to the history of Robert Johnson. Continue reading Recommended Book – Brother Robert: Growing Up With Robert Johnson by Annye E. Anderson with Preston Lauterbach

The Three Forks Store, Quito, Leflore County, Mississippi

One of our readers, Terry Baker, has provided this photo of the Three Forks store at Highway 7 and County Road 512 in Quito, Leflore County, Mississippi.

The Three Forks store, Quito, Mississippi, circa 1993. It is no longer extant. (photo: Terry Baker)
The Three Forks store, Quito, Mississippi, 1995. It is no longer extant. (photo: Terry Baker)

The photos dates from 1995 and the building has since been demolished. This building at the intersection of Highway 7 and County Road 512 in Quito, Leflore County, Mississippi has been suggested as the site where Robert Johnson was poisoned.

Here is what Terry Baker told us in his email:

“I am doing some writing for my own enjoyment, and I am going over my 1995 trip to Mississippi (I moved to New York City in 1993, and lived there until I returned to my native England in 2012).

Anyway, to start that Delta peregrination, I bought a poster at the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, the original site above the city library, which showed the places in the state of importance to its Blues history.

Now, this is a quarter of a century ago, but the person selling me the poster in what was a small museum then told me to visit Quito and Morgan City on the trail, of course, of Robert Johnson. In my notes at the time I have written from what I am sure must have been from that person: “First house in Quito on left beyond junction with County Road 512, former Three Forks store, dragged there from two or three miles farther in on 512.”

I read your notes on your excellent website, and the comments from Honeyboy Edwards, plus one reader’s comments of the tornadoes that ripped through the Greenwood area, supposedly destroying the store, but all I can report is what I was explained to me. I attach a photo of the “store” I was told about, the explanation being that the Itta Bena-Quito road, although very basic, was still the busiest road in the area, and the store was brought here on a flatbed from two to three miles inward on 512.

Either a long tale I believed, or something with substance?
Many regards,
Terry

A Third Photograph Of Robert Johnson Has Been Discovered

For decades there have been only two known photos of Robert Johnson. Now a third photo of Robert Johnson has been discovered.

Here are links to articles about this recently discovered photograph of Robert Johnson:

The previous two known photographs of Robert Johnson have been used to illustrate album covers and book covers.

Here are two examples of book covers using one of the first two known photographs of Robert Johnson:

Up Jumped The Devil, The Real Life of Robert Johnson, by Bruce Conforth and Gayle Dean Wardlow, is one of our Recommended Books.
Up Jumped The Devil, The Real Life of Robert Johnson, by Bruce Conforth and Gayle Dean Wardlow, is one of our Recommended Books.
Book cover, Escaping The Delta - Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues, by Elijah Wald.
Book cover, ,Escaping The Delta – Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues by Elijah Wald.

Here is a book cover using the newly discovered photograph of Robert Johnson.

Brother Robert: Growing Up With Robert Johnson, by Annye E. Anderson with Preston Lauderbach, book cover
Brother Robert: Growing Up With Robert Johnson, by Annye E. Anderson with Preston Lauderbach, book cover

Here is an example of a CD cover using the second of the first two known photographs of Robert Johnson:

CD cover, Robert Johnson - The Complete Recordings. This is the edition we are currently recommending.
CD cover, Robert Johnson – The Complete Recordings. This is the edition we are currently recommending.

The photo used on the CD cover above was taken at Hooks Brothers Photography at 164 Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee.

Kings Palace Cafe, 162-164 Beale Street, Memphis, TN. The second floor was once occupied by Hooks Brothers Photography. The only known studio portrait of Robert Johnson was taken by Hooks Brothers Photography.
Kings Palace Cafe, 162-164 Beale Street, Memphis, TN. The second floor was once occupied by Hooks Brothers Photography. The only known studio portrait of Robert Johnson was taken by Hooks Brothers Photography.

We have written a post about the former Hooks Brothers Photography Studio.

The former Hooks Brothers Photography Studio is now a pool hall. We think this was once a Hooks Brothers studio room.
The former Hooks Brothers Photography Studio is now a pool hall. We think this was once a Hooks Brothers studio room.

The Mississippi Blues Trail marker commemorating Robert Johnson is outside the Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church south of Money, Mississippi.

Mississippi Blues Trail marker for Robert Johnson, Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Money Road, Leflore County, Mississippi
Mississippi Blues Trail marker for Robert Johnson, Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Money Road, Leflore County, Mississippi

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A Reader From Greece Has Done A Series Of Videos On Blues History

One of our readers from Greece, Panagiotis Charalampidis, left a comment on the site saying:

“Hello from Greece! I love your site! It has been a valuable source of information about the Blues. I just finished a series of videos about the History and Evolution of the Blues (10 episodes), something like a documentary or a series of history lessons for music lovers….”

Thanks Panagiotis. Glad you liked our website and found it useful.

Here are the 10 episodes of The History and Evolution of the Blues on Panagiotis Charalampidis’ YouTube channel, funkpunk.

Part 1, 16th-17th Century

Part 2, 18th-19th Century

Part 3, Gospel, Minstrelsy & Vaudeville

Part 4, Pop, Ragtime & Jazz

Part 5, Proto-Blues

Part 6, 1900-1920

Part 7, 1920’s

Part 9, 1930’s

Part 9, 1940’s

Part 10, 1950’s