Forest City Joe
Final Resting Place:
Memphis National Cemetery
Memphis, Tennessee, 0
Grave Location GPS35.172, -89.934467
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popular name: Johnny Ace
date_of_death: December 25, 1954
cause_of_death: Accidental gunshot to the head
best_know_for: A popular R&B singer with a string of eight hits in a row including "Cross My Heart" and "Please Forgive Me", he blew his brains out on Christmas Day between sets after telling everyone ‘It’s okay! Gun’s not loaded… see?’ Interestingly enough, "Pledging My Love" was a posthumous R&B number 1 hit for 10 weeks beginning February 12, 1955, thus Johnny Ace became the first artist to reach the Billboard pop charts only after death.
popular name: J.B. Lenoir
date_of_death: April 29, 1967
cause_of_death: Internal bleeding (untreated) after an auto accident
best_know_for: Monticello area native J. B. Lenoir was a distinctive blues artist, in both his high-pitched singing style and the candid political critiques in many of his song lyrics and is best remembered for his 1955 hit “Mama, Talk to Your Daughter". He died on April 29, 1967, in Urbana, Illinois, at the age 38, of internal bleeding related to injuries he had suffered in a car crash three weeks earlier. The 2003 documentary film The Soul of a Man, directed by Wim Wenders as the second installment of Martin Scorsese's series The Blues, explored Lenoir's career, together with those of Skip James and Blind Willie Johnson. In 2011, Lenoir was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.
Blind Lemon Jefferson
popular name: Blind Lemon Jefferson
date_of_death: December 19, 1929
cause_of_death: Acute myocarditis (disputed)
best_know_for: Neglected and ignored until recently by his own home state, Blind Lemon Jefferson is nonetheless revered internationally as a seminal figure in the history of the blues with 89 classic blues songs recorded in just 4 years time.