Lightnin’ Hopkins Marker Set To Go Up in Houston

Our friends at the Houston Press report that the Texas Historical Commission has created a marker for Sam “Lightnin’ ” Hopkins, the legendary bluesman who spent the majority of his life in Houston.

The marker is made of aluminum, and it was cast and forged by The Southwell Company in San Antonio.  It is more than nine feet tall, pole included, and weighs more than 75 pounds and stands about six feet tall.  It will be  installed on the grounds of Project Row Houses in Houston’s Third Ward, where “The King of Dowling Street” spent most of his time.

A dedication ceremony should take place in November.  You can make contributions to the Lightnin’ Hopkins Marker Fund by a direct deposit through any U.S. Bank of America branch, account number 5860-1320-5659 or a check made out to:

Lightnin’ Hopkins Marker Fund

501 E. 16th St.

Houston, TX 77008

MP3: “Mojo Hand”

MP3: “Automobile Blues”

MP3: “Mr. Ditta’s Grocery Store”

MP3: “Fast Mail Rambler”

MP3: “Lightnin’ Boogie”

MP3: “T Model Blues”

MP3: “Short Haired Woman”

YouTube: “Lonesome Road” by Lightnin’ Hopkins


2 Responses to “Lightnin’ Hopkins Marker Set To Go Up in Houston”

  1. LIGHTNIN’ IS A HISTORIC BLUES MAN, AND HE ALWAYS GETS YOU ATTENTION. HIS LIFE WITH THE BLUES WILL LIVE FOREVER, HOUSTON WAS BLESSED WITH HIS PRESENCE AND THEY ARE DEDICATED TO PRESERVING IT.
    I HOPE THIS MARKER BY THE TEXAS HISTORICAL COMMISSIN

  2. Great to hear some more Lightnin, he had the ability to inject some humour into his blues but also retain the integrity of the song.

    Regards

    Rhod

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