Mabel Louise "Big Maybelle" Smith

Mabel Louise "Big Maybelle" Smith (HM2J14)

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N 35° 36.521', W 88° 49.02'

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Born circa 1924 in Jackson, Tennessee, "Big Maybelle" became a powerful Rhythm & Blues Singer. With her emotive delivery, and as one of the premier R&B chanteuses of the 1950s, she served as an essential link between raucous 1950s R&B and the soul sounds that emerged in the next decade. Her recordings include Candy, which received the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1999, and the original version of Whole Lot of Shakin Going On. Her career led her to sing at the famous Apollo Theatre in New York City. She died January 23, 1972 in Cleveland, Ohio, and later buried there in Evergreen Cemetery. In 2011 Smith was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.
HM NumberHM2J14
Series This marker is part of the series
Placed ByTennessee Historical Commission
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Date Added Monday, July 22nd, 2019 at 8:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 335423 N 3942066
Decimal Degrees35.60868333, -88.81700000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 36.521', W 88° 49.02'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 36' 31.26" N, 88° 49' 1.2000000000002" W
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