Blind Willie McTell

Blind Willie McTell (HM15GP)

Location: Thomson, GA 30824 McDuffie County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 27.95', W 82° 30.117'

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Willie Samuel McTear (1901-1959) was born between Big and Little Briar Creeks in the Happy Valley community. In 1911, he and his mother moved to Statesboro, where he began his life of traveling and performing. Although blind from infancy, Willie developed a lifelong independence based on his acute sense of hearing, remarkable memory and versatile musical genius.

Willie performed and recorded under many names but favored "Blind Willie" McTell. Best remembered for his blues, McTell, had a remarkable repertoire of blues, spirituals, gospel, rags, folk ballads and popular music. McTell played from "Maine to Mobile Bay", and at theaters, taverns, road houses, churches, medicine shows, train stations, barbecue joints, house parties, and on the streets.

His blues feature his trademark twelve-string guitar played in rapid and intricate patterns of jagged, shifting rhythms accompanying his clear tenor voice. He started recording in 1927 for RCA Victor and went on to record for Columbia, Okeh, Vocalion, Decca, Bluebird, Atlantic and the Library of Congress. He last recorded in 1956 and returned to McDuffie County shortly before his death and is buried in the Jones Grove Cemetery. Blind Willie was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 1990.
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HM NumberHM15GP
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
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Marker Number094-10
Year Placed1993
Placed ByGeorgia Department of Natural Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 11:42pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 360429 N 3703940
Decimal Degrees33.46583333, -82.50195000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 27.95', W 82° 30.117'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 27' 57.00" N, 82° 30' 7.02" W
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Area Code(s)706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 103 Main St, Thomson GA 30824, US
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