digplanet beta 1: Athena
Share digplanet:


Applied sciences






















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. 

External links[edit]

Original courtesy of Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bo_Carter — Please support Wikipedia.
This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia. A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia.

110 news items

Pensacola News Journal

Pensacola News Journal
Tue, 13 Jan 2015 13:38:06 -0800

Woodbury's family, including his wife Jan; daughters Paige, Kendall and Maggie; and son-in-law Matt Davis, were there in support, as were Matt Durney; Rick and Carol Johnson; Charles Gheen and Jackie Brown; Bo Carter; Ellis Bullock; Jim and Shirley ...
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 ...

Lexington Herald Leader

Lexington Herald Leader
Sat, 17 Jan 2015 14:18:45 -0800

Boyd enlivened SEC basketball with his sense of humor. He referred to Starkville as "Stark-patch." He once playfully admonished sports information director Bo Carter for being concerned with accommodating reporters. Happy birthday. To Dirk Minniefield.
KeysNews.com (registration)
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 ...
Mon, 05 Jan 2015 10:00:00 -0800

До 1942 рекорд/компания сделала записи на стыке блюза и поп-эстрады, в первую очередь, таких артистов как Big Bill Broonzy, Roosevelt Sykes, Bo Carter, Tampa Red, Washboard Sam, Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, Big Maceo и т.д. Во главе процесса ...

Pensacola News Journal

Pensacola News Journal
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:17:51 -0800

... Lisa Durney; Charles and Carol Carlan; David Peaden; Mike and Kathy Denkler; Rex McKinney; David Sansing; Escambia Property Appraiser Chris Jones; Fred Donovan; Gil Bennett; Cline Miller; John Hutchinson; Cody and Boo Rawson; and Bo Carter.
Log Cabin Democrat
Sat, 27 Dec 2014 16:56:15 -0800

2014 in Faulkner County sports was a year of championships, unprecedented individual performances, amazing responses to disaster, near misses and transition. At least a dozen stories are in the mix for the outstanding ones of the sports year. The top ...


Tue, 30 Dec 2014 03:10:31 -0800

... NCAA Football, please visit http://www.footballfoundation.org. Notes. The NFF would like to thank NFF correspondent Bo Carter for his contributions to this report. NFF Chalktalk items are welcome, and should be submitted to news@footballfoundation.com.

Oops, we seem to be having trouble contacting Twitter

Support Wikipedia

A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia. Please add your support for Wikipedia!

Searchlight Group

Digplanet also receives support from Searchlight Group. Visit Searchlight