Memphis Slim

Genres: Blues Blues Folk
Tags: blues piano blues classic blues piano mississippi blues Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

John ‘Peter’ Chatman, 3 September 1915, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, d. 24 February 1988, Paris, France. One of the most popular performers of the blues idiom, Memphis Slim combined the barrelhouse/boogie-woogie piano style of the pre-war era with a sophisticated vocal intonation. A prolific songwriter, his best-known composition, ‘Every Day I Have The Blues’, has been the subject of numerous interpretations, and versions by Count Basie and B.B. King helped establish the song as a standard of its genre.

Although Slim began his career in 1934, deputizing for pianist Roosevelt Sykes, his reputation did not prosper until he moved to Chicago at the end of the decade. He supported many of the city’s best-known acts, including John Lee ‘Sonny Boy’ Williamson, and, in 1940, became the regular accompanist to Big Bill Broonzy. The artist made his recording debut for the Bluebird Records label that year but remained with...

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