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See That My Grave Is Kept Clean

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It was in 1927 that Texan Bluesman Blind Lemon Jefferson recorded ‘See That My Grave Is Kept Clean’, it instantly became one of his best-known songs. Two years later he was dead, probably from a heart attack while disorientated in a snow storm in Chicago.. He was taken back to Texas to be buried and for many years his grave was unmarked and far from clean. In 1967 it finally got a Texas Historical Marker in the general area of his plot, the precise location having been lost to the mists of time. Come 1996, the cemetery and marker were in poor condition, but a new granite headstone was erected in 1997.
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Robert Johnson, for many the greatest bluesman and certainly a legend has not one but three graves. One has a head stone erected by Sony Music, at another location a headstone paid for by the members of ZZ Top. The third is where an 85 year old lady called Rosie Eksridge who revealed in 2000 that her husband helped to bury Johnson in another graveyard about 3 miles from Three Forks.
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Robert Johnson grave

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19 Comments

19 Comments

  1. miquel àngel

    August 9, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Missing Mrs. Bessie Smith grave, promoted by Janis Joplin, in recognition of her work.

  2. Allan

    August 18, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Miguel, Miss Bessie’s grave IS represented…look again!

  3. Kevin kinsella

    August 18, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    I don’t know about that headstone of sonny boy, I found his gravestone in the middle of a cotton field not far from Dockery farm in Mississippi and have photos to proove it.

    • Lock and Load

      August 18, 2014 at 6:22 pm

      Are y’all talkin’ about the same “Sonny Boy?”

    • Ian Slater

      August 19, 2014 at 12:20 am

      Kevin, the one you saw was in Tutwiler and is the gravestone of Sonny Boy 2 (real name Aleck “Rice” Miller) which is further up the page. It’s hard to see it as it’s very overgrown or it was when I went there. John Curtis was the original Sonny Boy.

  4. gordon wackett

    August 18, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Most famous line should be; didn’t wake up one morning. Seriously,these great men and women deserve a lot more respect than they get.

  5. Raymond Bearcroft

    August 18, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    I just wanted to live in their world as I love their music it gives me goose bumps when I listen to it and some times a tear will fall….

    • Vicpnut

      August 9, 2015 at 9:04 pm

      Agreed

  6. buffalo kaplinski

    August 18, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    IT’S SCARY to think i saw a lot of these GUYS ALIVE – JOHN LEE HOOKER – the HOOK , HOWLIN’ WOLF – 300 pounds of NOTHING but JOY, ALBERT KING & his TELECASTER , did’nt see a MARKER for PAUL BUTTERFIELD ? remember seeing BUDDY GUY when he was 30 & he’s still with us ! BLUES – the MUSIC of the SUFFERIN ‘ MAN

  7. jeffery halls

    August 19, 2014 at 2:14 am

    Would like to have seen George”MOJO”Bufords headstone.Also one of the great harmonica players we have lost to time.

  8. Steve Salter

    August 19, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Check out the website.

  9. Bill Steber

    August 20, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    If memory serves, the Robert Johnson marker at Payne’s Chapel in Quito was purchased by a group called the “Tombstones” (out of Atlanta I think?) sometime around 1990-not ZZ Top, though the bearded boys from Texas have made other contributions

  10. George Seariver

    September 26, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Does anybody know where Big Walter Horton, “Shakey” Horton, is situated? For me he was the no 1 blower. Saw him in Lund, Sweden, on The American Folk Blues Festival 1971.

  11. Ruaraidh

    August 9, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    Where’s Rory Gallagher?

  12. Beth

    August 9, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    Is there a memorial anywhere for Janis Joplin? Her ashes were spread in the Pacific.

  13. Willie

    August 10, 2015 at 3:28 am

    Nice memorial ceremoniously opened by The Edge at Temple Bar in Dublin.
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  14. Robert Grant

    December 24, 2015 at 6:20 am

    Was at a festival back in about 69/70 found a very big man slumped over in his big ol’ station wagon..apparently passed out,though we didn’t know it at the time..after calling 1st.aid & attempting to move him from his car..it was determined that he had simply fallen asleep..& it was decided to leave him be..to sleep it off..he turned out to be a guy named Albert Collins..not nearly as famous as ” the other Albert” but we were a bit shocked..nonetheless..& just glad he was okay..just a little ” juiced “

  15. Mark G.

    July 9, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    Is that tiny marker really all Lightnin’ Hopkins has for a marker? That is a crime.

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