Malaco Records Destroyed By Storms
April 18, 2011 at 8:50 AM (PT)
MALACO RECORDS in JACKSON, MS. has been destroyed by the recent storms that have plagued this section of the country. A vicious tornado destroyed the building that housed the record company on NORTHSIDE DRIVE. Early estimates indicate many master recordings were destroyed. Some 44 years of recorded music were either destroyed or severely damaged. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries or loss of life.
A state of emergency has been issued for 14 MISSISSIPPI counties as a result of the storms. Through the years MALACO RECORDS has been the primary home to many blues and gospel artists including ZZ HILL, LITTLE MILTON and BOBBY “BLUE” BLAND.
Ironically, it was just three years ago that MALACO was honored with an official marker recognizing it as a JACKSON landmark along the MISSISSIPPI BLUES TRAIL. The company was founded in 1962
WOLF STEPHENSON, one of the company’s founders said it looked like they had been hit with a wrecking ball. “It is a very sad feeling to see 44 years of work, 44 years of my life here gone in 15 seconds,” said WOLF. “But we’ll clean up and come back to cry another day.”