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Posted: Jul 21, 2006 2:19 pm
can any one confirm: i heard she is in the Med in critical condition and not expected to live. if true, my prayers to her, her family, friends, and fans around the world
long live the she-devil
Posted: Jul 23, 2006 4:18 am
Confirmed that she died today. Another amazing musician.
Posted: Jul 23, 2006 7:23 am
That's really sad. Anyone know the cause of death? I know that she ahd had a stroke . Also that she had been kicked out of her trailer in Senatobia last month. I wonder if the trauma of that was a factor..........
Posted: Jul 23, 2006 9:46 am
yeah, i heard at blues on the bluff tonight

one of my fondest memoriest of miss jessie mae comes from just a few years ago. i've been going to the blues fest in clarksldale for quite some time now, and have worked my way up to lodging at the world famous(haha) riverside hotel. (actually 9 years this year)

a few years back we left the festy for a smoke break in the room to cool off and freshen our heads. as we were walking into the hotel, Rat (the propriotor of said establishment) called us into the lobby. lo and behold, seated on the couch was his old friend jessie mae, decked out in leopard print from head to toe. she was also acccompanied by a small white shiteater, leopard print head to toe, as well as a young "caretaker" continuing the leopared motif.
it was really cool to sit on the floor and listen to rat and jessie mae swap stories about old times and musicians they had known. i bet we sat there an hour, oblivious to the fact that a festival was going on just a few blocks away

cheers to jessie mae hemphill
god rest her soul
long live the north mississippi hill country blues
Posted: Jul 23, 2006 8:30 pm
Terrible news. A truly great guitar player and drummer. R.I.P.
Posted: Jul 23, 2006 11:52 pm
So sad to hear this news. Onto a better place, Miss Jessie Mae.
Posted: Jul 25, 2006 11:20 am
whoa... I am in rome, when is the funeral?
Posted: Jul 25, 2006 2:03 pm
from richard johnston:

I'm sad to inform you all that Jessie Mae has passed away from this world, hopefully thru to the next.

My heart feels like a brick. Jessie Mae was on stage with me just a few months ago and now she is gone. I wanted see her live to enjoy so much more, to know how she has effected so many people throughout the world.

No amount of words can express my grief so I've decided to just share the facts with everyone.

She had a perforated ulcer and her system became septic. A young man named Mark Coletrain brought her to the hospital when it became obvious she was severely ill.

When they arrived the doctors soon determined she needed surgery, or else... She refused the operation. Soon after her next-of-kin arrived from Minnesota but Jessie Mae had become too weak for the operation.

She struggled for approx. 12 days and gave in on the 22nd of July, 2006 at approx. 6:45 p.m. I had left her room just 30 minutes before she passed. Fortunately her family was there right to the end.

The day before I spent 2 1/2 hours alone with Jessie Mae and she actually opened her eyes. I told her how much I loved her and asked to blink twice if she understood. She did.

I played my mandolin to her for hours.

The next day my friends, Toni, Janice and I met at the hospital. Janice has been nursing for 35 years and I was glad to have her with me. She helped me understand what exactly was going on. Jessie Mae's family arrived soon after we did and we visited together for quite a while.

I soon realized that her family was every bit as special as Jessie Mae, herself.

It seem appropriate to let them be alone so Toni, Janice and I made way. We stopped to eat together. Just as the check came the phone rang and Ruby Hemphill Bonner (Jessie's cousin) called and gave us the news.

The past 24 hours have been vacuous for me. Writing to you all is helping so forgive the length of this message.

All I really need to say is how much I appreciate that so many of you have shown her so much love over the years. She became as important to many of you as she became to me.

The family and I, with the help of many close friends, are working out the details for Jessie Mae's memorial service.

I will write as soon as we know what's going to happen. I hope anyone who can make it will come.

Be good to the ones you love,
Richard Johnston
Posted: Jul 25, 2006 2:56 pm
I'd also appreciate any info on Jessie Mae's funeral, if anyone out there can provide it. Might be able to make it if the timing is right.

Andria -- I emailed Roger at Cat Head to see if he knows anything, and will email you direct and post here if I learn anything. (btw, I'm splitting town at the crack of dawn tomorrow morning and won't have internet access for a while after that.)
Posted: Jul 25, 2006 4:53 pm
sucks. last time i saw her onstage was at "ladies of the blues" night at the cannon center with david evans playing guitar... they dropped the curtain on her 'cause she was NOT gonna get off that stage! her mic was still on after the curtain dropped and you could still hear her carrying on behind the curtain! that was awesome.
Posted: Jul 25, 2006 6:35 pm | Edited by: lemissa
My favorite Jessie Mae show was at the P&H way back when WEVL would have $5 spaghetti supper benefits. Wow!

Once I saw her in a a 'folk festival' at the University of Chicago in the late 80's when I lived there. Every act was soft and acoustic and then Jessie Mae, who I was there to see, plugs in, starts to play but stops mid-song and turns to someone backstage and yells, "ya'll gotta give me some more juice on this thing." She blew everyone else out of the water.
Posted: Jul 25, 2006 7:23 pm
Nothing beats when she was on Mr. Rogers Neighborhood with Othar Turner!
Posted: Jul 25, 2006 8:11 pm
You are quite right about that, Buck Wilders. Truly beautiful.
Posted: Jul 25, 2006 9:28 pm
Hopefully, you got to hear some of that WEVL benefit performance today on the Memphis Beat.
Posted: Jul 26, 2006 1:43 am
That's a real shame. I never got to see her myself, but loved the music. R.I.P.
Posted: Jul 27, 2006 9:42 pm
from www.jmhemphill.org/Olga Mathus:

We are deeply saddened by the loss of a dear friend and blues music legend, Jessie Mae Hemphill, who passed away Saturday, July 22 around 7pm. Her music was an inspiration to music players and lovers around the world and will live on in the hearts of those who knew her and her art.

There will be a viewing and services this weekend, July 29th and 30th in Senatobia MS.

Viewing and Reflections 5-8pm Sat. July 29

Felix Cauthen Funeral Home
13653 Hwy 4 West
Senatobia MS 38668

Service for Jessie Mae at 2pm Sun. July 30

Church of Christ
401. West Gilmore St.
Senatobia, MS 38668

There is a real need to raise money to pay for the expense of the funeral, burial, and tombstone. We are in the process of setting up a bank account to accept funds and I will send out another email later today with that information.

If you can make a contribution, please email me back with the pledge amount so that we can keep track of where we are.

Jessie Mae is truly blessed to have many friends out there who love her and are fans of her music. I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for your love and respect for Miss Jessie Mae.
Posted: Jul 27, 2006 10:35 pm
ps - i goofed on the link: it's just www.jmhemphill.org , Olga penned the description...

by the by, miss jessie mae fought tooth and nail to the end.
Posted: Aug 8, 2006 1:48 pm
i only discovered her a few months ago....."she wolf" is an amazing song. r.i.p.
Posted: Mar 1, 2008 4:27 pm
RL Boyce visiting with Jessie Mae:

The same person who posted that also put up some footage of Otha Turner, Napolian Strickland, etc.:

Posted: Mar 2, 2008 12:08 am
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