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Buddy Holly.

Today in Music: January 22nd (Sam Cooke’s birthday)

Music history and highlights on January 22nd from the birthplace of the blues… and rock n’ roll. 1575:  Queen Elizabeth grants Thomas Tallis and William Byrd music press monopoly in England. 1897:  Blues and spiritial singer “Blind” Willie Johnson born in Pendleton, Texas. 1900:  Microphone inventor David Edward Hughes passes away. 1904:  Founder of New […]

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Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.

Coahoma County Chamber of Commerce Attends Civil Rights Museum Opening Night

By Clarksdale\Coahoma County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Jon Levingston. In 2005, I was appointed to the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Study Commission by Governor Haley Barbour. On Friday, December 8, 2017, I had the privilege of attending the reception at the newly completed Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the Mississippi Museum of History Museum […]

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Clarksdale social and civic leader, Bertha Blackburn.

Clarksdale Documentary: Bertha Blackburn in a “A Life of Service”

Here’s a Clarksdale documentary film, ” A Life of Service” off of the City website.  Check out all Clarksdale documentary films here. “A Life of Service” is about Clarksdale civic leader Bertha Blackburn, and it also features her friend Cozetta White.  At an early age Bertha learned the importance of giving back to her community.  […]

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Aretha Franklin at 2007 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Today in Music: January 21st

Music history highlights that have happened on January 21st from the birthplace of the blues… and rock n’ roll. 1927:  1st national broadcast ever from a U.S. opera venue (Faust from Chicago). 1941:  Opera tenor Placido Domingo born in Madrid. 1941:  Folk singer Richie Havens born in Brooklyn. 1956:  Victor Borge’s “Comedy in Music” show […]

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Clarksdale, Mississippi born singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician, Sam Cook.

Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come”

“A Change Is Gonna Come” (WIKIPEDIA, research source)   One of the most important songs ever, written Sam Cooke from the album “Ain’t That Good News”.  It was released on December 22, 1964, and it was the “B” side of Sam’s single “Shake.” It was recorded on January 30, 1964 at RCA Studios in Los Angeles. […]

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Acclaimed blues singer, Etta James.

Today in Music: January 20th

Music history highlights on January 20th from Clarksdale, the birthplace of the blues… and rock n’ roll. 1888:  Blues musician Leadbelly born in Mooringsport, Louisiana. 1895: Eva Jessye, American singer, actress, songwriter (Hallelujah) and 1st black woman to receive international distinction as a choral conductor, born in Coffeyville, Kansas. 1896:  Actor, comedian and singer George […]

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USA Today top 10 best Mississippi Attractions.

USA Today: Clarksdale has two of Top Ten Best Mississippi Attractions

Elvis Presley Birthplace, Vicksburg National Military Park, GRAMMY Museum and Clarksdale’s Mississippi Rock & Blues Museum in top five. (USA TODAY)  The Magnolia State is many things; it’s the birthplace of the blues and a critical Civil Rights battle ground. It’s natural beauty includes the sandy beaches of the Gulf and the famed waters of […]

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Today in Music: January 19th

Some music history on January 19th from the birthplace of the blues… and rock n’ roll. 1853:    Verdi’s opera “Il Trovatore” premiers in Rome. 1938:  Phil Everly born in Brownie, Kentucky. 1943:  Janis Joplin born in Port Arthur, Texas. 1946:  Dolly Parton born in Sevierville, Tennessee. 1949:  Robert Palmer born in Batley, England. 1954:  Katey […]

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Heart Health Fair, Clarksdale, Feb. 2, 2018.

Heart Health Fair- Northwest Mississippi Medical Center

Heart Health Fair!! Sponsored by Northwest Mississippi Medical Center in partnership with Coahoma Community College, Iota Delta Omega Chapter Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, Delta Health Alliance Healthy Heart Initiative and others!! FREE Screenings:  BMI, Glucose, Cholesterol, Blood Pressure & more! Feb. 2, 9 am – noon, in the hospital lobby. February 2 is National […]

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