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CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI is ground zero for blues fans. Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker were born in the area, as were soul singer Sam Cooke and Ike Turner who was one of the first to record rock'n'roll (if not the first). And then there was Earl Hooker, Eddie Boyd and Junior Parker, all born here.

But even before Muddy and Hooker, there was a lot of blues going on here. Country blues ramblers passed through town, improvising concerts here and there. Robert Nighthawk was there. Son House was there (another native of Clarksdale). Gus Cannon, Sonny Boy Williamson and the mighty Howlin' Wolf were there too. All lived and performed in and around Clarksdale. And Bessie Smith died here after a being hit by a car.

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For blues fans visiting Clarksdale there are many sights to see, but the main one is the Delta Blues Museum. The most famous place for live muic these days is the Ground Zero club, which is owned by actor Morgan Freeman.

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THIS PICTURE shows a crossroads in Clarksdale. It's not THE crossroads, the famous intersection of highways 49 and 61, which is just outside town here. This is in the center, just a few steps away from the Delta Blues Museum.

FUN FACT TRIVA: blues giant John Lee Hooker (1917-2001) gets a lane named after him here, but there is a John Lee Hooker Street too. That is is the Netherlands, in Middelburg, of all places! In fact, it is just around the corner from Howlin' Wolf Street. Really, I'm not kiddin', just look it up!

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song title reference: John Lee Hooker

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Additional Photos by Benny Verbercht (BennyV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2816 W: 35 N: 5742] (30636)
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