The Mississippi Blues Trail marker commemorating Trumpet Records is outside the former Trumpet Records studio at 309 N. Farish Street in Jackson, Mississippi.
The GPS location of this marker is: N 32° 18.211′ W 90° 11.318′
This marker reads:
“TRUMPET RECORDS – Trumpet Records was the first record company in Mississippi to achieve national stature through its distribution, sales, radio airplay and promotion. Willard and Lillian McMurry launched the label from their retail store, the Record Mart, here at 309 North Farish Street, in 1950, and later converted the back room into a recording studio. The first releases by Mississippi blues legends Sonny Boy Williamson No. 2, Elmore James, and Willie Love appeared on Trumpet in 1951.”
Here is a map showing the location of the former Trumpet Records store at 309 N. Farish Street:
Here are some photos of how the location appears today:
Other nearby Mississippi Blues Trail markers and blues related sites on N. Farish Street include:
- Ace Records
- Alamo Theatre
Here are some sites with additional information on Trumpet Records:
- Save Trumpet Records;
- Trumpet Records: Diamonds On Farish Street (a history of Trumpet Records)
- Trumpet Records collection – University of Mississippi
Here are some more articles about Farish Street:
If you’re interested in Trumpet Records recordings, our current Recommended Recording for a Trumpet Records collection is Sonny Boy Williamson, Cool, Cool Blues – a 4 CD. 102 track box set from JSP Records.
Although this is marketed as a Sonny Boy Williamson II set, it’s actually a compilation of Trumpet Records releases between 1951-1954 and includes the Sonny Boy Williamson II, Elmore James and Willy Love recordings noted on the Mississippi Blues Trail markers for Trumpet Records, Nelson Street and Turner’s Drug Store.
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