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Miss. bluesman getting long overdue grave marker

October 26, 2012 • Entertainment


In this photograph released by the Mississippi House of Representatives Information Office, a painting of the late Mississippi blues singer Tommy Johnson is displayed Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at the Mississippi Capitol. Johnson’s niece Vera Johnson-Collins helped organize a ceremony Friday in which a headstone will be placed on her uncle’s gravesite in Copiah County, Miss. Johnson died Nov. 1, 1956. (AP Photo/The Mississippi House of Representatives Information Office, Meg Annison)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi blues musician Tommy Johnson is finally getting a headstone on his grave, more than a half century after he died.

Johnson was an influential blues singer and guitarist in the 1920s and ’30s but was ravaged by alcoholism before dying in 1956. He sang in a falsetto, often yodeling. And he was known for playing the guitar behind his head.

Singer Bonnie Raitt helped buy Johnson’s headstone in 2001 but it’s been sitting in the library in Crystal Springs, Login to read more

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