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The Muddy Waters Blues Trail Marker was installed in Rolling Fork, MS recently.

The following is from the Lower Delta Partnership December 2008 Newsletter:

On Wednesday, December 3 at 10:30 a.m., Rolling Fork joined the Mississippi Blues Trail with a marker
dedicated to McKinley Morganfield, a.k.a. Muddy Waters. The marker dedication will take place near the corner of Martin Luther King Blvd. and Walnut Streets in Rolling Fork; the public was invited.

Born April 4, 1915, near Rolling Fork, MS Blues great, Muddy Waters, took Chicago by storm in the late

1940’s playing slide guitar blues on the electric guitar. Considered one of the greatest bluesmen of all times, Muddy Waters was also a huge inspiration of the British beat explosion in the 1960’s as acknowledged by such notables as The Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton.

The Mississippi Blues Trail is the primary project of the Mississippi Blues Commission which was organized in 2003 with a mission to foster an appreciation of the Blues and the culture that created it. The commission plans to install over 100 markers throughout Mississippi, currently there are 52 markers which are proving to be an effective tourist attraction for the state. A fundraising drive was held earlier this year in which local citizens donated over $1,200.00 toward the marker. The City of Rolling Fork contributed the remaining sum to meet the local match requirement for Muddy’s Blues marker.

Relatives of McKinley Morganfield were special guests at the marker unveiling. Mr. Jay Sieleman, executive director of the Blues Foundation, Robert Gordon, author of Can’t Be Satisfied – The Muddy Waters Story, and Rolling Fork native son, Willy Bearden, producer of the Blues Music Awards and 2009 recipient of The Blues Foundation Keeping the Blues Alive Award all took part in the dedication. Other state and local dignitaries were also present at the ceremony which was organized by the City of Rolling Fork, the Sharkey County Historic Preservation Commission and friends in cooperation with Mississippi Development Authority and the Blues Commission.

Robert Morganfield, brother of the late Muddy Waters, McKinley Morganfield, plays his harmonica during the dedication of Muddy’s Marker in Rolling Fork, MS.

Robert Morganfield, brother of the late Muddy Waters, McKinley Morganfield, plays his harmonica during the dedication of Muddy’s Marker in Rolling Fork, MS.

Muddy Waters and Eric Clapton

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Hi again Cal… I dig that you’re a blues fan. A buddy of mine and I took a road trip up from Gulf Breeze FL to Clarksdale for our spring break trip back in college.

I’d been listening to Blind Lemon Jefferson, Leadbelly, Robert Johnson, and Pinetop Perkins years before that trip – and the experience first hand – as much as was possible – was awesome.

December 19th, 2008 at 3:46 pm
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Hey Kevin,
That guy blowing the harmonica is my friend from my home town. Time for you to reconnect with your friend and take another road trip. The blues trail is up and going and you can end up in Clarksdale at The Crossroads and go by Morgan Freemans Ground Zero Blues Club.

December 19th, 2008 at 4:39 pm
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Wow. Truly amazing. I had sort of a blues mentor in grad school…. older guy – grew up in northern FL with the Allman’s. Was a great couple of years hanging with him.

December 19th, 2008 at 4:46 pm
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December 20th, 2008 at 11:47 am
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This is cool story Cal, I love the Blues and Muddy Waters is one of the best. If you want to get in the mood a little, here is Hoochie Coochie Man; http://blip.fm/profile/Shake_n_Mixx/blip/2093133

December 20th, 2008 at 4:36 pm
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Dennis! My brutha from anotha Mutha! Nice tunes! Will add you to my DJ list at Blip.fm!

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December 20th, 2008 at 5:18 pm
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Dennis, thanks for the Hoochie Coochie Man link. I’ve got it playing in the background right now!

December 22nd, 2008 at 8:53 am
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You’re welcome Jennifer. It’s cool that they dedicated a marker to Muddy Waters because he was such an influential musician besides having so many great hits.

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December 22nd, 2008 at 2:12 pm
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Dennis, speaking of influence, my friend who runs the package store in Rolling Fork had Robert Plant from Led Zeppelin walk in one day looking for some sort of Muddy Waters information. There was none. That has changed though.

Its amazing that the Worlds Greatest Rock and Roll Band – The Rolling Stones and a world famous music publication Rolling Stone both got their name from this song – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_vsvX2qiLM

We are now waiting on Eric Clapton to come to town! Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are welcome to stop by too!

December 22nd, 2008 at 2:58 pm
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Here is the Gazebo downtown Rolling Fork called “dead dick corner”. Sam Sings grocery is in the background and all the interviewees I know. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxlVZr03Sqg LOL

LOL – speaking of the package store, Nick Secoy one of the proprietors gets interviewed too!

December 22nd, 2008 at 3:28 pm
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Some more Rolling Fork native sons at the Deep Delta Festival. Ken DeCell and Roger Truesdale http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwW_nPp_y3I . Ken is an editor at Washingtonian Magazine and returns each year to play at his home town festival. Kevin Koitz can catch Ken playing the Georgetown music scene and I hope he will track him down and tell him Cal said hello!

December 22nd, 2008 at 3:38 pm
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That is great to see such a proper tribute to a legend of music. Muddy Waters music influence can still be seen today in many young musicians.

January 7th, 2009 at 3:04 pm
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Muddy Waters Birthday is today – http://squeezemylemon.blogspot.com/2009/04/its-birthday-of-muddy-waters.html

April 4th, 2009 at 5:32 am
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The music was great back then , no fancy equipment. Just pure music. Thanks for sharing the picture that shows his brother playing his harmonica during the dedication of Muddy’s Marker in Rolling Fork

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April 23rd, 2009 at 7:49 am
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My friend told me about this page and I think it’s get. I wanna learn how to play the harmonica, too. Thanks for posting this for us.

April 23rd, 2009 at 8:38 am
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I was just down south a couple months ago near that area. It’s a shame I didn’t check the trail out.

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