Mississippi Blues Trail

Mississippi Blues Trail markers are not restricted to the State of Mississippi. There have been several markers placed at locations outside Mississippi. This is one of them.

Mississippi Blues Trail marker, The Blues Foundation, S. Main Street, Memphis, Tennessee
Mississippi Blues Trail marker, The Blues Foundation, 421 S. Main Street, Memphis, Tennessee

This marker is located on the sidewalk out the Blues Foundation building at 421 S. Main Street in Memphis, Tennessee, near the National Civil Rights Museum.

The marker reads:

“THE BLUES FOUNDATION – The Blues Foundation, the world’s premier organization dedicated to honoring, preserving, and promoting the blues, was founded in Memphis in 1980. Mississippi-born performers and business professionals in the Foundation’s Blues Hall of Fame outnumber those from any other state, and Mississippians have also won many annual Blues Music Awards, Keeping the Blues Alive Awards, and International Blues Challenge talent competitions sponsored by the Foundation.”

The Blues Foundation building, S. Main Street, Memphis, Tennessee
The Blues Foundation building, 421 S. Main Street, Memphis, Tennessee

Here is a map showing the location of the Blues Foundation, 421 S. Main Street, Memphis, Tennessee:

Another Mississippi Blues Trail marker in Memphis is on S. 2nd Street, in front of the FedEx Forum, near Beale Street, commemorating the Blues Trail. Sites of interest near this Mississippi Blues Trail marker include Beale Street, the Memphis Rock and Soul Museum and the Gibson Factory.

Other sites of interest near the Blues Foundation include the National Civil Rights Museum.

Many buildings associated with the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King are within a few blocks of the Blues Foundation. The building from which James Earl Ray fired the shot that killed Dr. King is right across the street; the Lorraine Motel, where Dr. King was killed, is one block away. These buildings are now part of the National Civil Rights Museum.

Here is a list of the artists included in the Blues Foundation’s Blues Hall of Fame:

  1. Luther Allison
  2. Billy Boy Arnold
  3. Dave Bartholomew
  4. Chuck Berry
  5. Blind Blake
  6. Bobby “Blue” Bland
  7. Mike Bloomfield
  8. Lonnie Brooks
  9. Big Bill Broonzy
  10. Charles Brown
  11. Roy Brown
  12. Ruth Brown
  13. R.L. Burnside
  14. Paul Butterfield
  15. Leroy Carr
  16. Ray Charles
  17. Clifton Chenier
  18. Otis Clay
  19. Albert Collins
  20. James Cotton
  21. Robert Cray
  22. Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup
  23. Reverend Gary Davis
  24. Walter Davis
  25. Bo Diddley
  26. Willie Dixon
  27. Fats Domino
  28. Champion Jack Dupree
  29. David “Honeyboy” Edwards
  30. Sleepy John Estes
  31. Blind Boy Fuller
  32. Lowell Fulson
  33. Buddy Guy
  34. John Hammond
  35. W.C. Handy
  36. Slim Harpo
  37. Wynonie Harris
  38. Billie Holiday
  39. Earl Hooker
  40. John Lee Hooker
  41. Lightnin’ Hopkins
  42. Big Walter Horton
  43. Son House
  44. Alberta Hunter
  45. Mississippi John Hurt
  46. J.B. Hutto
  47. Elmore James
  48. Skip James
  49. Etta James
  50. Blind Lemon Jefferson
  51. Buddy & Ella Johnson
  52. Lonnie Johnson
  53. Robert Johnson
  54. Tommy Johnson
  55. Louis Jordan
  56. B.B. King
  57. Freddie King
  58. Albert King
  59. Denise Lasalle
  60. Leadbelly
  61. J.B. Lenoir
  62. Lazy Lester
  63. Furry Lewis
  64. Robert Jr. Lockwood
  65. Professor Longhair
  66. Big Maceo
  67. Taj Mahal
  68. Big Maybelle
  69. Percy Mayfield
  70. Jimmy McCracklin
  71. Mississippi Fred McDowell
  72. Brownie McGhee
  73. Big Jay McNeely
  74. Jay McShann
  75. Blind Willie McTell
  76. Amos Milburn
  77. Little Milton
  78. Roy Milton
  79. Memphis Minnie
  80. Mississippi Sheiks
  81. Little Brother Montgomery
  82. Matt “Guitar” Murphy
  83. Charlie Musselwhite
  84. Robert Nighthawk
  85. Johnny Otis
  86. Little Junior Parker
  87. Charley Patton
  88. Pinetop Perkins
  89. Ma Rainey
  90. Bonnie Raitt
  91. Dr. John (Mac Rebbenack)
  92. Jimmy Reed
  93. Jimmy Rodgers
  94. Jimmy Rogers
  95. Otis Rush
  96. Bobby Rush
  97. Magic Sam
  98. Son Seals
  99. Eddie Shaw
  100. Johnny Shines
  101. Memphis Slim
  102. Sunnyland Slim
  103. Guitar Slim
  104. Bessie Smith
  105. Otis Spann
  106. Frank Stokes
  107. Hubert Sumlin
  108. Roosevelt Sykes
  109. Hound Dog Taylor
  110. Eddie Taylor
  111. Koko Taylor
  112. Sonny Terry
  113. Sister Rosetta Tharpe
  114. Rufus Thomas
  115. Irma Thomas
  116. Big Mama Thornton
  117. Allen Toussaint
  118. Big Joe Turner
  119. Ike Turner
  120. Stevie Ray Vaughan
  121. Eddie Cleanhead Vinson
  122. Joe Louis Walker
  123. T-Bone Walker
  124. Sippie Wallace
  125. Little Walter
  126. Dinah Washington
  127. Muddy Waters
  128. Johnny “Guitar” Watson
  129. Junior Wells
  130. Peetie Wheatstraw
  131. Bukka White
  132. Big Joe Williams
  133. Jody Williams
  134. Robert Pete Williams
  135. Sonny Boy Williamson #1
  136. Sonny Boy Williamson #2
  137. Johnny Winter
  138. Jimmy Witherspoon
  139. Howlin’ Wolf


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