Willie Foster

The Harmonica King of Holly Ridge
Birth Name:
Willie James Foster
Birth Date:
September 21, 1921
Birth Place:
Leland, Mississippi
Death Date:
May 20, 2001
Place of Death:
Jackson, Tennessee
Cause of Death:
Natural causes
Cemetery Name:
Holly Ridge Cemetery
Claim to Fame:
Not to be confused with Little Willy Foster from Chicago, Willie Foster was a talented delta blues harmonica player who was born into poverty who ended up eventually in Chicago playing for tips on Maxwell Street. Shortly after he graduated to the city's club scene where his fellow performers included Walter Horton, Leroy Foster, Snooky Pryor and Lazy Bill Lucas. By 1953 he was working with Muddy Waters and in that same year he cut his first sides: "Falling Rain Blues" and "Four Day Jump". Moving back to Mississippi he played up until the time of his death in 2001.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Holly Ridge Cemetery

Rexburg Road

Holly Ridge, Mississippi, 38751


North America

Grave Location Description

Willie Foster is buried roughly 200 feet from the road to the left of the Charley Patton monument. Asie Payton also shares the cemetery with these two delta bluesmen.

Grave Location GPS

33.445089, -90.757828



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