Mr Hartley Peavey, founder and CEO of Peavey Electronics for over 40 years, has been honoured by a marker on the historic Mississippi Blues Trail - this is for his contribution to Mississippi blues heritage and is the only one given to a musical instrument manufacturer.
The trail is created by the Mississippi Blues Commission, is a project to place interpretive markers at the most notable historical sites related to the growth of the blues throughout the state of Mississippi. The trail extends from the border of Louisiana in southern Mississippi and winds its way to Memphis, Tennessee.
Peavey started back in 1965 - when Hartley, the son of a music store owner, decided to build stuff after an unsuccessful attempt at making it as a guitar player. He realized his skills were with making things with his hands rather than music - after taking courses in electronics and metal work, and wining counltess science fairs, he turned his hand to filling the void for "affordable, quality, musical equipment".
He's an interesting chap and now his company has a wide range of products, from guitars, to amplification to sound reinforcement, with over 1800 patents, distributed in 170 countries.
Take a moment to watch this interview with the man himself - it's an interesting piece.