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Big Jack Johnson honored with marker on Mississippi Blues Trial


CLARKSDALE, Mississippi — Electric blues musician Big Jack Johnson will be honored with a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail.

The unveiling will be held at 4 p.m. Friday in Clarksdale at the site of Red's Lounge, one of Mississippi's last remaining juke joints.

The unveiling also kicks off the 27th Annual Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival where Johnson's musical legacy will be celebrated.

Johnson was best known as a member of the iconic juke joint trio the Jelly Roll Kings with Frank Frost and Sam Carr. The three recorded off and on from 1962 through the 1990s. His collaboration with harmonica player Kim Wilson and pianist Pinetop Perkins won a WC Handy award in 2003 for best acoustic blues album.

Johnson died in 2011 at the age of 70.

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