Head­stone be­ing added to blues singer’s grave in Mis­sis­sippi

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

VICKSBURG, Miss. — The Mis­sis­sippi gravesite of blues artist Lu­cille Spann is get­ting a head­stone, 23 years af­ter she was buried in an un­marked plot. Born as Ma­halia Lu­cille Jenk­ins in 1938 in Bolton, Miss., she grew up sing­ing gospel mu­sic. She moved to Chicago as a teenager, and that’s where she met and mar­ried leg­endary blues pi­anist Otis Spann. The cou­ple recorded to­gether un­til his death in 1970, then she con­tin­ued work­ing in mu­sic, in­clud­ing record­ing with Mighty Joe Young.

In 1974, Lu­cille Spann re­leased an al­bum called “Cry Be­fore I Go.’’

She was 56 when she died in 1994, and was buried in Cedar Hill Ceme­tery in Vicksburg.

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