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Bo Carter
Birth name Armenter Chatmon[1]
Born (1893-06-30)June 30, 1893
Bolton, Mississippi, United States
Died September 21, 1964(1964-09-21) (aged 71)
Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Genres Delta blues
Country blues
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1931–1944
Associated acts Mississippi Sheiks
Sam Chatmon
Charley Patton

Armenter "Bo Carter" Chatmon (June 30, 1893 – September 21, 1964)[2] was an American early blues musician. He was a member of the Mississippi Sheiks in concerts, and on a few of their recordings. Carter also managed that group, which included his brother, Lonnie Chatmon, on fiddle and occasionally Sam Chatmon on bass, along with a friend, Walter Vinson, on guitar and lead vocals.[1][2]


Since the 1960s, Carter has become best known for his bawdy songs such as "Let Me Roll Your Lemon",[3] "Banana in Your Fruit Basket", "Pin in Your Cushion", "Your Biscuits Are Big Enough for Me", "Please Warm My Wiener" and "My Pencil Won't Write No More".[1][4] However, his output was not restricted to risqué music.[1] In 1928, he recorded the original version of "Corrine, Corrina", which later became a hit for Big Joe Turner and has become a standard in various musical genres.[2]

Carter and his brothers (including pianist Harry Chatmon, who also made recordings), first learned music from their father, ex-slave fiddler Henderson Chatmon, at their home on a plantation between Bolton and Edwards, Mississippi. Their mother, Eliza, also sang and played guitar.

Carter made his recording debut in 1928, backing Alec Johnson. Carter soon was recording as a solo artist and became one of the dominant blues recording acts of the 1930s, recording 110 sides.[1] He also played with and managed the family group, the Mississippi Sheiks, and several other acts in the area. He and the Sheiks often played for whites, playing the pop hits of the day and white-oriented dance material, as well as for blacks, using a bluesier repertoire.[citation needed]

Carter went partly blind during the 1930s.[1] He settled in Glen Allan, Mississippi[5] and despite his vision problems did some farming but also continued to play music and perform, sometimes with his brothers. Carter moved to Memphis, and worked outside the music industry in the 1940s.

Carter suffered strokes and died of a cerebral hemorrhage at Shelby County Hospital, Memphis, on September 21, 1964.



Bo Carter's style of playing the guitar and his songwriting won him fans long after he died. One of the most notable examples was blues-rock guitarist, Rory Gallagher from Ireland, who performed several of his songs, including, "All Around Man."


  1. ^ a b c d e f Russell, Tony (1997). The Blues – From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray. Dubai: Carlton Books Limited. pp. 99–100. ISBN 1-85868-255-X. 
  2. ^ a b c "Biography by Jim O'Neal". Allmusic.com. Retrieved June 3, 2009. 
  3. ^ Let Me Roll Your Lemon Lyrics - Bo Carter
  4. ^ Blueslyrics.tripod.com
  5. ^ Bo Carter (January 31, 2012). Bo Carter & the Mississippi Sheiks (Box Set). Jsp Records. 

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The City Talking
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:07:19 -0700

Bo Carter is a Polish-born fashion designer who was named 'Most Talented New Designer' in the 2013 PETA UK Vegan Fashion Awards, in recognition of the strong ethics at the heart of her creations. Her Bo Carter Boutique store can be found online, or in ...
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Sat, 15 Nov 2014 21:15:00 -0800

Angler Bo Carter and guide Luke Kelly took top honors in the inaugural Sugarloaf Showdown backcountry fishing tournament, which was designed to heighten awareness about barracuda and raise money for a good cause. The two-day tournament was put ...

Cashbox Magazine Canada

Cashbox Magazine Canada
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:52:30 -0800

The fourteen tracks featured here range across the full traditional blues cannon from 'Lonesome Valley', through gospel classic, 'Wade In The Water', to the eponymous title track from the pen of the late Bo Carter, the undisputed master of the 'single ...
Gazeta Pomorska
Sun, 02 Nov 2014 11:17:27 -0800

W 7. minucie bydgoszczanki prowadziły 20:11, bo Carter z dystansu wsparła Elżbieta Mowlik. W odpowiedzi Omanić dokonał iście hokejowej zmiany, posyłając do walki Terezę Peckovą, Agnieszkę Makowską i Reid. Zwłaszcza ta ostatnia rozruszała grę w ...

The Guardian

The Guardian
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:07:16 -0700

'But I'm playing with myself, and what do you care?' … A young Radiohead tell it like it is. Photograph: Bob Berg/Getty Images. Danny Wright. Thursday 21 August 2014 10.07 EDT. Share on Facebook · Share on Twitter · Share via Email · Share on LinkedIn ...

Dallas Morning News

Dallas Morning News
Sat, 10 May 2014 18:32:24 -0700

Hand grenade throwing was proposed for 1918 and several schools may in fact have competed, according to Bo Carter, who worked in the office of the late Southwest Conference and remains its unofficial historian. But the end of World War I in November of ...
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:35:23 -0700

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Starkville Daily News

Starkville Daily News
Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:00:00 -0700

The members of the Starkville 10-year-old All-Stars are Will McReynolds, bottom from left, Kobe Livingston, Porter Skelton, Chipper Hornburger, Brody Bennett, Harris McReynolds, Bo Carter, and Cole Gonzales, top from left, Jamario Moss, Xavier Sherman, ...

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