Blues Trail marker to honor singer Otis Clay

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    A Mississippi Blues Trail marker is going up in Waxhaw in honor of native son, soul and gospel singer Otis Clay.

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    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi Blues Trail marker is going up in Waxhaw in honor of native son, soul and gospel singer Otis Clay.

    The ceremony will be held Friday, and Clay will give a performance after the dedication. Clay and his band will travel from Chicago for the event in a park just east of Highway 1, six miles north of Rosedale.

    Gov. Haley Barbour says in a news release that Clay is deserving of the marker and is a talented artist.

    Clay began his musical journey at the age of four at the Tree of Life Missionary Baptist Church, where he sang with a family gospel group.

    Clay started recording soul music in the 1960s and has maintained a career singing both sacred and secular music.

    Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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