A report on Elmore James and Phil Walden

Capricorn headquarters, Macon, 2009

Phil Walden of Capricorn Records raised funds for a granite headstone for James's grave.

- Elmore James

After reading an article about a memorial ceremony for blues guitarist Robert Johnson in Billboard in September 1991, Walden contacted Mt. Zion Memorial Fund founder Skip Henderson (who had produced that event) and commissioned a bronze sculpture mounted on a granite headstone in honor of Elmore James, whose catalog was then owned by Capricorn.

- Phil Walden

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Mount Zion Memorial Fund

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Non-profit corporation formed in 1989 and named after the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Morgan City, Mississippi, United States.

Non-profit corporation formed in 1989 and named after the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Morgan City, Mississippi, United States.

In early September 1991 after reading an article about the Mount Zion ceremony in the May 11, 1991 issue of Billboard, Phil Walden of Capricorn Records contacted Henderson and commissioned a bronze sculpture mounted on a granite headstone through the Mount Zion Fund in honor of Elmore James.