Delta Music Museum
218 Louisiana Avenue, Ferriday, LA, USA
Delta Music Museum Ferriday Reviews
A very nice museum dedicated to artists from the area! May 01, 2013
So much good music has come from this area that the people of Ferriday decided to create a museum dedicated to those wonderful artists. This museum tells the story of three local boys – cousins in fact – who rose to national prominence.
Jerry Lee Lewis became a national sensation in the mid-1950s as the wild-haired, piano-pounding innovator of rockabilly music, while Mickey Gilley went on to celebrity as a country and western star, putting up more than 30 Top 40 hits, and operating the world-famous nightclub that bears his name in Houston. The third cousin, Jimmy Swaggart, became one of the country’s most successful television evangelists. But the museum also focuses a spotlight on the role of the Mississippi River in nurturing the distinct sounds of Southern music, with exhibits that highlight blues, gospel, R&B and country musicians. Those musicians are
• Former Louisiana Governor James Houston “Jimmie” Davis, a Jackson Parish native, produced ‘’You Are My Sunshine’’, once among the most recognized songs in the world.
• Conway Twitty (1933–1993), a native of Friars Point, Mississippi, had fifty-five No. 1 hits in the nation, a record unsurpassed by The Beatles, Elvis Presley, and Frank Sinatra.
• Aaron Neville a popular Christian and jazz performer from New Orleans.
• Allen “Puddler” Harris, a native of Jigger in Franklin Parish and a resident of Lake Charles, was, among many accomplishments, a member of the original Ricky Nelson and the last Jimmie Davis bands.
• Percy Sledge, a native of Leighton, Alabama, he resides in Baton Rouge and produced the international hit When a Man Loves a Woman.
• Johnny Horton, a Texas native affiliated with the Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport, is best remembered for North to Alaska and The Battle of New Orleans.
• Irma Thomas, the "Queen of Soul" from Ponchatoula, has been dubbed the truest female representation of New Orleans music
• Clarence “Frogman” Henry, was said to be able to sing like “a frog”, hence his nickname; he traveled for a time with The Beatles.
• Fats Domino spoke French before he did English and is remembered particularly for Ain’t That A Shame, Blueberry Hill, and Walking to New Orleans.
• John Fred Gourrier formed John Fred and the Playboys and later produced records for other singers, including Irma Thomas.
• Dale Houston and his singing partner Grace Broussard, hit the charts with I’m Leaving It All Up to You. He was a native of Seminary, Mississippi, who grew up in Baton Rouge and lived briefly in Ferriday in 1963.
• Pete Fountain, a clarinetist, became one of the principal names in New Orleans jazz and was a regular on ABC’s The Lawrence Welk Show.
Entry to the museum if free and is housed in the old Post Office building. There are tiles outside, spaced nicely between light marble tiles to show off each of the artisits.
Part of the Roadtrip 2013 travel blog
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