Jessie Mae Hemphill

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Birthday
18, 1923
Birthplace
Mississippi
Death Date
Jul 22, 2006 (82)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
18, 1923
Birthplace
Mississippi
Death Date
Jul 22, 2006 (82)

About

One of the earliest female blues guitarists who was also a vocalist and released albums like She Wolf and Dare You Do It Again. The Jessie Mae Hemphill Foundation was founded in her honor to protect music created in northern Mississippi.

Before Fame

She began playing guitar at age seven, and then learned drums to play in her grandfather's band.

Trivia

She did not have her music recorded until the late 1960s, by a researcher; her commercial success only began in the 1980s.

Family Life

She was born in Senatobia in northern Mississippi, a little east of the Delta.

Associated With

She appeared in a drum band on the PBS children's show, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, which starred Fred Rogers.