Mississippi Blues Trail marker unveiled in Ocean Springs
The Mississippi Blues Commission has honored the contributions of musicians since 2006. Today, they unveiled the 197th installment on the Mississippi Blues Trail in Ocean Springs.
News 25’s Caroline Eaker spoke with one Ocean Springs music legend who is being honored on the new Blues marker.
Legendary drummer Jaimoe Johnson rose to worldwide fame with the Allman Brothers Band in the 1960s, but he never forgot his Mississippi roots. Now, more than 50 years later, his legacy will live on in his birth place of Ocean Springs with a Mississippi Blues Trail marker located at 801 Washington Street. “If there was anything I could ever live over, it would be going back to high school because the people that I went to high school with and these people made me what I am. I just happen to be a tool they put all the energy and stuff into it.”
This is not the first time Jaimoe has been rewarded for his contribution to the music world. In 1995, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “Well, it means a lot because all of the publicity or what the hell ever I ever been in had nothing to do with where I grew up at.”
There are 197 Blues Trail markers scattered throughout Mississippi and this one in the heart of Ocean Springs will pay tribute to multiple Ocean Springs artists who made their mark in the Blues world. Visit Mississippi Bureau Manager Kamel King said, “Hank Donahue and Tempy Smith, those artists are honored on the marker as well as telling the story of what Ocean Springs has dedicated.”
Blues music in Mississippi dates back to before the Civil War and the Ocean Springs community is excited to continue the tradition. Ocean Springs Mayor Shea Dobson said, “It’s just important for us to be part of the Mississippi Blues Trail and show everybody that we are a big part of making Mississippi the home of the Blues.”