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Bo Carter Biography

Armenter Chatmon, 21 March 1893, Bolton, Mississippi, USA, d. 21 September 1964, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. One of Henderson Chatmon’s many musical sons, Bo Carter was a performing, and occasionally a recording, member of the 30s string band the Mississippi Sheiks, alongside Walter Vincson and his brothers Sam Chatmon and Lonnie Chatmon. He played on guitar and violin, but it was as a solo singer and guitarist that he was best known on record. A talented and original player whose steel guitar provided him with an instantly recognizable sound, he was the first to record the standard ‘Corrine Corrina’ (in 1928), and could compose sensitive, introspective songs such as ‘Sorry Feeling Blues’. However, both his guitar talents and his sensitivity were underemployed on record, where he recorded many tracks with titles such as ‘Banana In Your Fruit Basket’ and ‘Please Warm My Weiner’ with stereotyped accompaniments. Blindness and changing fashions ended his career in the early 40s, and he died in poverty.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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