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Texas Music Museum. Since 2003, TMM has presented exhibits & music programs in two gallery areas of the Marvin C. Griffin Building at 1009 E. Eleventh Street. “Come Over to the East Side.” TMM, the French Legation, the Carver Museum, the State Cemetery and Museum, and the historic Victory Grill all provide brochures with information on the other sites, encouraging tourists and residents to enjoy the cultural and historical attractions on Austin’s East Side.
The only known photo of blues legend Blind Lemon Jefferson, born 1894 in Coutchman, Texas. Most famous song "See that My Grave is Kept Clean." Paramount Records paid for the return of his body to Texas by train. Buried at Wortham Negro Cemetery, but far from being kept clean, it was unmarked until 1967 when a Texas Historical Marker was erected in the general area of his plot. In 2007 cemetery's name changed to Blind Lemon Memorial Cemetery and his gravesite is now kept clean in Wortham, Texas.
Jiles Perry "J. P." Richardson, Jr (Sabine Pass East Texan) The Big Bopper died in the plane crash with Buddy Holly and Richie Vales February 3, 1959. Bopper's big song was Chantilly Lace, on the charts for 25 weeks. Another Texan, Waylon Jennings gave up his seat on the plane because the Bopper had the flu and wanted to get to the next stop early so he could see a Doctor.
THE ALAMO'S MUSICAL DUEL, 28 Feb 1836 - Crockett (Huguenot/Ulster-Scot), in an attempt to raise morale, decided to challenge John McGregor, a Scotsman, to a musical duel of instruments. McGregor took up his bagpipes while Crockett took up his fiddle. They played back & forth, loudly enough for the Mexican soldiers to hear, creating one of the most legendary moments in Texas history. McGregor was said to have won the duel for playing the loudest. (according to Susannah Dickinson, eyewitness)