Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Headstone Dedication for Billy Smiley, Sr.

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At 4 o'clock p.m. on March 15, 2018, in the Legends section of Greenlawn Memorial Gardens in Greenville, Mississippi, the Mt. Zion Memorial Fund and Jamal Smiley and his family invite the public to help us dedicate the headstone of jazz and blues musician Billy Smiley Sr.

Our host for the dedication will be author and local television news editor Woodrow Wilkins who covered many events at which Billy Smiley Sr. performed during his eighteen years with the local newspaper.

All the way from Boston, guitarist Lydia Warren will take a break from Burnin' down Beale Street to bless the dedication with some country blues inspired by the Delta


Smiley was the band director  at West Tallahatchie High School in the early 1990s
Smiley played on the regular at Sarah's Kitchen in Clarksdale in the late 1990s

Smiley played keyboards for Jerry Fair's Cultural Blues Band in the mid-2000s, during
which time he was the band director for Coleman Junior High School in Greenville

Billy Smiley Sr., of Smiley & the Young Guns, was the victim of a stabbing that occurred around midnight on February 7 in the 1300 block of Garden Drive in Greenville. He succumbed to his injuries and ascended on February 9, 2017.

Billy Smiley & the Young Guns - "The Blues is Alright"

Billy Smiley & the Young Guns "This is How We Do It"

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