Yank Rachell

Elder Statesman of the Blues
Birth Name:
James A. Rachell
Birth Date:
March 16, 1903
Birth Place:
Brownsville, Tennessee
Death Date:
April 9, 1997
Place of Death:
Indianapolis, Indiana
Cause of Death:
Natural causes
Cemetery Name:
New Crown Cemetery
Claim to Fame:
One of a few pre-war blues artist to continue performing into the 1990s, Yank Rachell was the primary exponent of the blues mandolin.

Fun Fact:

In one of his most famous stories, Rachell remembers back when he was a “mannish boy” walking down the road, and he heard a neighbor playing a “tater-bug” (round-back) mandolin. Yank had never seen one and had to ask what it was, but he wanted it so badly he traded a pig for it. His mother was not pleased, and told him when he got hungry he could eat the mandolin.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

New Crown Cemetery

2101 Churchman Avenue

New Crown Cemetery, Indiana, 46302


North America


Map of New Crown Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana
Map of New Crown Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana

Grave Location:

Section 42, Row 8, Grave 28

Grave Location Description

His well appointed monument is in Section 42 in the 8th row, 23 spaces from the corner.

Grave Location GPS

39.740617, -86.114583



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