Blue Room will join blues trail Wednesday

Published 1:02 am Sunday, September 18, 2011

Vicksburg will unveil its fifth Mississippi Blues Trail marker Wednesday, highlighting a former nightclub that brought nationally acclaimed musicians to the city.

The Blue Room, which hosted some of the biggest names in entertainment of the day including B.B. King, Louis Armstrong, Little Milton, Fats Domino, Ray Charles and Vicksburg’s own Red Tops, will be added to the Mississippi Trail Project of the Mississippi Blues Commission at 10 a.m.

The event will be across the street from The Blue Room, which is at Mulberry and Clay streets, and refreshments will be served.

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Tom Wince operated The Blue Room from 1937-1972 after working as a bellhop and waiter at Vicksburg’s National Park Hotel.

The legends surrounding Wince include his driving a pink Thunderbird with leopard skin upholstery and wearing a diamond ring that reached his knuckle.