We have been contacted by one of our readers, Teddy Wells, who is compiling a family history and is requesting assistance in locating ancestors and relatives.
Teddy says his great grandfather was Tom Stovall, a former slave who later worked at Stovall Farms outside Clarksdale, Coahoma County, Mississippi. Muddy Waters was working and living at Stovall Farm when he was first recorded by Alan Lomax in 1941-42.
Here is Teddy Wells’ request:
“My name is Teddy Wells,
I’m the grandson of Tommie Lee Stovall. I’m trying to locate Glen Stovall.
I have been tracing my family history and it lead me to Tom Stovall (my great grandfather) which he was a former slave for this plantation [Stovall Farms]. It would be an honor to connect with him to give me a tour of the plantation upon my visit in the near future. My phone number is 808.228.0181. I’m currently living in Hawaii.”
If anyone can help Teddy with any information he can be contacted at 808.228.0181, his work number Text/Voice 808.971.1553 or via the Hawaii Actors Network website: www.hawaiiactorsnetwork.com
We have had a request for assistance from Monty Deane, whose father, Wally Deane, recorded for Lillian McMurry at Trumpet Records in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1950s.
He is working on a history of his father’s recording career and is looking for photos of Trumpet Records and/or any other information about his father and Trumpet Records during the 1950s.
If you can help Monty Deane in this project, please contact him directly by email: email@example.com
Here is the email Monty Deane sent us:
“My father Wally Deane (http://www.wallydeane.com) recorded for Lillian McMurry at Trumpet/Globe. I have been blessed to see all the great info donated to the U of Miss. I am wondering if anyone might have pictures of Trumpet Records back in the 50’s? There had to be some pictures, stories of the happenings going on at Trumpet Records. But pictures are the most memorable. Please, if there are, please let me know where. Thank you!
Here are some photos of the former Trumpet Records studio on N. Farish Street in Jackson, Mississippi.
Here are some Wally Deane recordings on YouTube:
This 4 CD box set on JSP Records contains the 1951-1954 recordings from Trumpet Records but does not include any Wally Deane recordings.
We came across this video of a New Musical Express concert in 1965. It’s not all blues but there are some great examples of 1960’s British bands doing blues covers.
Performers, in order of appearance are the Moody Blues (pre- Justin Hayward and John Lodge, when they were doing blues covers like Bo Diddley), Freddy and the Dreamers, Georgie Fame (covering Rufus Thomas‘ Walking The Dog), The Seekers, Herman’s Hermits, The Ivy League,