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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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Cashbox Magazine Canada

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Wed, 20 May 2015 03:07:30 -0700

“Reminds me of Bo Carter and the double entendre of many old blues numbers”, I suggest. “Parachute woman, land on me tonight,” he quips in agreement with a laugh. Bill Wyman's new album, Back To Basics, is released on the Proper record label on June ...


Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:17:57 -0700

“I really like to catch and tackle, those are my two favorite parts,” said 10-year-old Bo Carter, who likes to emulate his NFL heroes on the field. His father, Robert, played offensive guard at the University of Texas-El Paso and wants his son to have ...

Coshocton Tribune

Coshocton Tribune
Mon, 09 Feb 2015 10:02:30 -0800

COSHOCTON – Bo Carter looked on in disbelief as flames licked what remained of the wooden structure of the home he had lived in since 1995. Jackson Township Fire Chief Bill Bowen said smoke could be seen drifting through the sky shortly after noon ...

The Eagle

The Eagle
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:09:35 -0800

Whether he was announcing the name of a famous football player at Kyle Field or a Texas A&M graduate known by a precious few at the end of a long ceremony, Roger Feldman's deep, strong voice brought an importance to every event. Feldman, a longtime ...
Macon county times
Wed, 15 Apr 2015 08:11:15 -0700

The MCHS Boys Soccer plays their next game against Jackson County 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 14. Goals: Bo Carter 2, Marshall Avera 1 (penalty kick), Chance Presley 1, Kendrick Carter 3, Jesse Overstreet 1, Joey Medrano 1, Jesus Sotelo 1, Matthew White 1.

TXK Today

TXK Today
Mon, 16 Mar 2015 15:08:00 -0700

Lt. Johnny Weaver, Officer Bo Carter, Officer James Hargrave, Officer Cliff Harris, and BCSO Captain David Grable participated in the 2nd Annual Heroes Ruck Challenge in Little Rock this weekend. Each of them carried a ruck pack weighing at least 35 ...

Lexington Herald Leader

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Sat, 17 Jan 2015 14:18:45 -0800

Going into this weekend, Kentucky and Virginia were the only unbeaten teams in Division I. They were at the top of The Associated Press Top 25 poll: UK No. 1, UVa No. 2. And maybe you didn't know that each hired their coach on the same day: March 31, ...
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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 ...

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