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Monday, February 20, 2017 - 10:29am by Greg Johnson

Women of the Blues: A Tribute to Memphis Minnie and Beverly "Guitar" Watkins

Beverly Guitar Watkins

When: Tuesday, February 21st at 2:00pm

​Where: Archives & Special Collections, J. D. Williams Library, University of Mississippi

Friday, February 3, 2017 - 3:20pm by Greg Johnson

Cover of the book The Makers of the Sacred Harp

What: The History of Shape-Note Singing Traditions in Mississippi

Speaker: Dr. Warren Steel

When: Thursday, February 9th at noon

Where: Archives and Special Collections, Faulkner Room

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 8:30am by Greg Johnson

Cover of the book Bien Al Sur: Historia Del Blues En La Argentina

Monday, January 9, 2017 - 3:43pm by Greg Johnson

This year Mississippi celebrates its bicentennial. To celebrate this anniversary, Archives and Special Collections has just installed an exhibit titled Mississippi: 200 Years of Statehood

Poster for Mississippi 200 Years of Statehood.

Think of all our state's incredible contributions to American music.Mississippi has more Grammy Award winners per capita than any other state. From Meridian's Jimmie Rodgers ("Father of Country Music"), to Tupelo's Elvis Presley ("King of Rock and Roll"), to countless blues artists from the Delta, Mississippi music has become American music, which in turn has become the world's music. 

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 3:26pm by Greg Johnson

Haunted house sound efffects LP.

Browsing through the collection of LPs B. B. King donated to the University of Mississippi, I ran across this 1964 Disney recording of Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of The Haunted House. Did B. B. King listen to this? Did he play this in the background when trick-or-treaters came to the house? Did trick-or-treaters ever visit B. B. King? Who is Miss R. Harris? We may never know the answers to these questions . . .

Friday, September 23, 2016 - 3:51pm by Greg Johnson

Signed photo of Louis Armstrong

In 1967 Mrs. Rosalind Lyons wrote letters to a number of her husband’s favorite jazz musicians, asking them to surprise her husband by wishing him happy birthday. Her requests were fulfilled, resulting in the Walter Lyons Scrapbook, which contains letters, postcards, and signed photographs extending birthday greetings to Mr. Walter Lyons. Musicians include Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, Chuck Mangione, J. J. Johnson, Benny Golson, Sonny Rollins, Phil Woods, Wayne Shorter, and others. 

Monday, September 12, 2016 - 4:24pm by Greg Johnson

Book cover to Mississippi Fiddle Tunes and Songs from the 1930s.

What: Fiddler Harry Bolick will play and discuss fiddle tunes recorded in Mississippi in the 1930s

When: Wednesday, September 21 at 3:00pm

Where: Faulkner Room - Archives & Special Collections - J. D. Williams Library - University of Mississippi

Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 1:32pm by Greg Johnson

Image of some shape note music notation

You might be surprised to find some non-blues recordings in the Blues Archive. One such collection is the John Quincy Wolf, Jr. Collection, featuring audio recordings of shape note singing. John Quincy Wolf, Jr. was an English professor at Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College) and a self-trained folklorist. He began recording regional folk musicians in the 1950s and discovered several important singers, including Jimmy Driftwood. He also recorded a number of Memphis area blues and jug band musicians like Bukka White, Gus Cannon, and Furry Lewis. In the 1960s Wolf recorded many shape-note singers in north Mississippi and Alabama.