Gus Cannon


Gus Cannon Famous memorial

Red Banks, Marshall County, Mississippi, USA
Death 15 Oct 1979 (aged 96)
Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Hernando, DeSoto County, Mississippi, USA
Plot On Highway 51 about 11 miles south of Graceland (southern outskirts of Memphis, Tennessee)
Memorial ID 11647 View Source

Musician. Born in Bed Banks, Mississippi, he was a remarkable musician whom could play five-string banjo and jug simultaneously. He was the best known of all the jugband musicians and a seminal pioneer figure of the blues scene. In the 1920s, he formed his band the ‘Jug Stompers' and was signed to the RCA Victor label. During his recording career, he was most noted for the raggy tune "Walk Right In", which was covered by many groups including the ‘Rooftop Singers' worldwide hit version in 1963. He continued to record into the 1970s as a soloist and with his incredible trio, performing at folk and blues festivals. He died in Memphis, Tennessee.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith

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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Added: 10 Aug 2000
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 11647
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Gus Cannon (12 Sep 1883–15 Oct 1979), Find a Grave Memorial ID 11647, citing Greenview Memorial Gardens, Hernando, DeSoto County, Mississippi, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .