Blind Willie McTell
Blind Willie McTell recorded under nearly a dozen different names to skirt recording contracts exclusivity clauses. McTell recorded as Blind Willie McTell (for Victor and Decca Records), Blind Sammie (for Columbia Records), Georgia Bill (for Okeh Records), Hot Shot Willie (for Victor Records), Blind Willie (for Vocalion and Bluebird Records), Barrelhouse Sammie (for Atlantic Records), and as Pig & Whistle Red (for Regal Records).
Final Resting Place:
Jones Grove Baptist Church
1062 Happy Valley Rd SW
Thomson, Georgia, 30824
Grave Location:McTell Family Plot
Grave Location Description
Park in the the church parking lot and walk along the road to the two large trees. Look to the left of the two large trees three graves over and five rows from the church entrance and you will find the final resting place of Blind Willie McTell. Or you can walk the entire cemetery in 10 minutes and discover his grave on your own.
Grave Location GPS33.35383353421, -82.4946412762
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Read More About Blind Willie McTell:
- Wikipedia Entry
- Statesboro's wandering minstrel, Blind Willie McTell
- Blind Willie McTell - Thomson's ‘Statesboro Blues’ Man
- Blind Willie guitars through the years
- Blind Willie McTell Archives - Fingerstyle Blues
- Blind Willie McTell - New Georgia Encyclopedia
- Marker Monday: Blind Willie McTell: Musician
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