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Al Jarreau.

Today in Music: February 12th (I Put a Spell on You)

Music history and highlights that have happened on February 12th… from the birthplace of the blues… and rock n’ roll. 1898:  “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” composer LeRoy Harris born in Oklahoma. 1914:  Glenn Miller Orchestra saxophonost Tex Beneke born in Ft. Worth. 1939:  The Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek (“Light My Fire”) born in Chicago. […]

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Soul Train host Don Cornelius.

Today in Music: February 1st

Music history and highlights that have happened on February 1st… from the birthplace of the blues… and rock n’ roll. 1896:  Giacomo Puccini’s world famous opera “La Boheme” opens in Turin. 1902:  Important poet, playwright and social activist Langston Hughes born in Jopin, Missouri. 1934:  Kingston Trio singer Bob Shane born in Hilo, Hawaii. 1937:  […]

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CPU is first Utility Board in State with APPA Certification

BY CHRIS CAMPOS,  Director CPU Public Relations. CLARKSDALE, Monday, January 29, 2018 – The Clarksdale Public Utilities (CPU) Commission is the first municipal utility governing board in the state of Mississippi to have all of its members to be certified by and to graduate from the American Public Power Association (APPA) Public Utility Governance Certification […]

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ARts & Culture District Information Sign.

Arts & Culture District Information Signs

The Arts & Culture District project was originally slated to be 33 signs, and most of those were focused on the music and musicians that gave us the birthplace of the blues.  Some of the artists in the original mix, Willie Brown for example, are much known to music historians and intrepid blues fans, but […]

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Signs point way to bringing Clarksdale together

From Mississippi Today By AALLYAH WRIGHT, Education Reporter, September 11, 2017 (photos by Aallyah Wright). CLARKSDALE – In hopes of revitalizing the downtown area while also attracting tourists, a new branding project commemorates the lives of those influenced by the arts and culture of this town. This three-phase project aims to market downtown as an […]

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Huey Piano Smith.

A fun song for a Friday: “Don’t You Just Know It”

In honor of Huey “Piano” Smith’s birthday, here’s his always fun song “Don’t You Just Know It”  (it’s ok, listen to it loud!  And laugh along with this New Orleans great too.) Check out “Today in Music” article below this one under “Clarksdale Updates.”  Huey is featured in it, and lots of other great stuff […]

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Andrew Carr Arts & Culture District sign in downtown Clarksdale, MS.

Andrew Carr Sign Goes Up in Downtown Arts & Culture District

The Arts & Culture District sign honorning Andrew Carr was just mounted in historic downtown Clarksdale.  It  is located at the corner of Issaquena Ave. and E. 2nd St., and is not far from the current headquarters of Coahoma Opportunities Inc, where Andy distinguished himself as a helpful, community minded and progressive young man. Andy […]

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Rev. Walter Dakin honorary sign goes up in Clarksdale Arts & Culture District.

Rev. Walter Dakin Sign Goes Up

The Arts & Culture District sign honoring Rev. Walter Dakin was put up in front of St. Episcopal Church, where Dakin was the rector from 1915 to 1931.  He was also the grandfather of Tennessee Williams, and a founding influence on his grandson’s remarkable literary career. (More information here.) Reverend Dakin’s sign was can be […]

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