Elvis Birthplace Part of Blues Trail

Gov. Haley Barbour announced Friday the inclusion of Tupelo on the Mississippi Blues Trail. Elvis Presley was born there Jan. 8, 1935.

The Mississippi Blues Trail is dedicated to preserving the state's musical heritage through more than 100 historical markers and interpretive sites.

"By all accounts, Elvis Presley was the single greatest influence on
modern day rock 'n roll in America, and much of his musical
inspiration drew on the Mississippi blues," said Barbour. "As birthplace to Elvis, Tupelo is incredibly deserving of this very special Blues Trail marker which will honor the work, memory, and music legacy of the King himself."

According to Mississippi blues legend Big Joe Williams, Elvis listened
in particular to Tupelo blues guitarist Lonnie Williams. The blues was
undergoing great changes during Elvis' teen years in Memphis, where
he could hear the music on Beale Street, just a mile south of his
family's home.

The marker will be Jan. 8, 2008, at 1:00 p.m.

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