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 Jimmy Reed

Jimmy Reed

Original Name Mathis James
Birth
Dunleith, Washington County, Mississippi, USA
Death 29 Aug 1976 (aged 50)
Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA
Burial Blue Island, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Plot Section N, Lot 335, Grave S3-E 1/2
Memorial ID 3792 · View Source
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Renowned Blues Musician. Mathis James (Jimmy) Reed, one of ten children born to sharecroppers Joseph and Virginia Reed, spent the first seven years of his life on a plantation in Dunleath, Mississippi. He learned guitar from Eddie Taylor, the man who helped raise him. Few fans knew that Reed's wife, Mary Lee "Mama" Davis, wrote many of his songs. Fewer still knew that the blues man suffered from severe epilepsy which caused him crippling attacks. His bouts with the disease, however, rarely sidelined him for long. He toured Europe in the 1960s, and in the early 70s he headlined every blues club from California to Georgia. Jimmy Reed died in his sleep from respiratory failure brought on by a massive seizure.

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  • Added: 3 Nov 1998
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3792
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jimmy Reed (6 Sep 1925–29 Aug 1976), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3792, citing Lincoln Cemetery, Blue Island, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .