While driving into work this morning, I noticed an ambulance parked at Walter Horn Jr.’s Greenville home. After I arrived at the station, one of my co-workers greeted me with a text message he had received. He told me that Mississippi Slim was gone.
Of course, I was again in disbelief. Yet, another Mississippi Delta Blues artists had passed. I received a final comfirmation from a friend on Facebook – “Yes, he died at 6:51”. As I combed the web, I could find very little if any information on his death. Walter Horn Jr., or Mississippi Slim as most of the Delta and the rest of the blues community knew him, was a premier act at the 308 Blues Club and Cafe in Indianola. Slim was featured every Friday Night for the whole month of December back in 2003. Mississippi Slim along with guitarist, John Horton, helped make the 308 Blues Club one of the more popular blues venues in the area.
When I first met Slim, I could not believe my eyes. If you have not witnessed the colorful crooner, you truly have missed the flair and excitement that this one man brings. Mississippi Slim, known for his multi-colored hair, loud suits, and mix-matched shoes, was always a crowd favorite on and off the stage. He was always in character. I would see him at the different blues festivals and clubs, and he always had a guest invite even if he wasn’t on the ticket. Both young and old enjoyed Mississippi Slim… He will forever be considered the “8th Wonder of the World”.
Thank you for making the Blues fun and exciting. Learn more at http://www.mississippislim.com
Mississippi Slim at the 308 Blues Club with Micky Rogers and the Soul Master Band during the B.B. King Museum Festivities, September 2008. Video courtesy of Mississippi Delta Blues, Inc. Thank you Carol. Thank you for capturing this moment.
Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. April 24th at Pilgrim’s Restoration M.B. Church in Greenville, under the direction of Byas Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. April 23th at Byas Funeral Home in Greenville. A benefit concert is scheduled on Thursday, April 22nd at the Walnut Street Blues Bar in Greenville at 7 p.m.