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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 Chatmon (June 30, 1893 – September 21, 1964),[2] known as Bo Carter, 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". Elyrics.net. Retrieved 2015-08-30. 
  4. ^ "Harry's Blues Lyrics Online, Bo Carter Lyrics, page 1". Blueslyrics.tripod.com. Retrieved 2015-08-30. 
  5. ^ Bo Carter (January 31, 2012). Bo Carter & the Mississippi Sheiks (Box Set). Jsp Records. 

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Bo Carter - Your Biscuits Are Big Enough For Me

Baby don't put no more baking powder in your bread you see 'Cause your biscuits is plenty tall enough for me Baby I don't want no more sugar in your jellyroll ...

Please Warm My Weiner - BO CARTER, Delta Blues Guitar Legend (1934)

http://www.ragtimeguitare.com/ Complete ragtime, jazz & blues guitar repertoire. " Please Warm My Weiner " BO CARTER EARLY COUNTRY BLUES Alger ...

Bo Carter - My Pencil Won't Write No More

Recorded in 1931 and issued on Okeh 8912 with 'Bo Chatmon' named on label.

Bo Carter - Banana In Your Fruitbasket 1

Released in 1931 on Vocalion 3091.

'Don't Mash My Digger So Deep' BO CARTER, Delta Blues Guitar Legend (1936)

" Don't Mash My Digger So Deep " EARLY COUNTRY BLUES Alger "Texas" Alexander Pink Anderson Barbecue Bob Hicks Scrapper Blackwell Black Ace Blind ...

All Around Man - Bo Carter

Repost of Bo Carter's "All Around Man." All credit goes to the original poster, who is unknown. Read about Bo, "the master of the single entendre," here: ...

Bo Carter - Corinne Corrina

Released in 1928 on Brunswick 7080, this recording was made by Bo Carter (named as Bo Chatmon on the label) and Charlie McCoy.

Bo Carter - Let's Get Drunk Again

Bo Carter - Cigarette Blues

Released in 1936 on Bluebird 6295.

Bo Carter Old Devil (1938)

I do not own the copyright to this recording. This video is for historical and educational purposes Bo Chatmon (Carter):Vocals & Guitar Recorded at St. Charles ...

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Fri, 22 Jan 2016 19:37:38 -0800

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Tue, 07 Jul 2015 07:37:30 -0700

The song, written by Armenter "Bo Carter" Chatmon around 1928, is not in the public domain as his heirs still hold copyright. A 12-bar composition, the song has become a standard, having been covered by the likes of Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Willie ...

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Sun, 01 Nov 2015 11:23:11 -0800

Polish born Bo Carter arrived in Leeds over a decade ago and sprinted onto the Leeds fashion scene back in 2010, after entering Leeds Fashion Show in October and from then on her journey has been hard to keep up with. Following Leeds Fashion Show, ...

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Thu, 02 Jul 2015 13:24:52 -0700

The song was written by Armenter "Bo Carter" Chatmon about 1928 — long ago enough that it borders on being in the public domain. Since being recorded, the 12-bar song has become somewhat of a standard with covers by Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Willie ...


Tue, 29 Dec 2015 21:46:34 -0800

A. J. Ferguson (24) and Bo Carter of Richmond go for Buy Photo. A. J. Ferguson (24) and Bo Carter of Richmond go for a rebound during the opening round of the Bob Wettig Tournament Monday against Seton Catholic. Jesus Jimenez/Palladium-Item.


Tue, 29 Dec 2015 18:35:39 -0800

... and it's just nice to get a win.” Richmond's win over Herron came courtesy of a 15-point performance from Adrion Gibson and 11 from A. J. Ferguson. Trey Griffin had four assists and Bo Carter, Tyrone Washington and Daric Clemens each had five rebounds.


Mon, 28 Dec 2015 19:21:07 -0800

It was everything fans of basketball in the city of Richmond could ever dream of. It's something Richmond High School basketball fans will want to forget as soon as possible. But it won't be easy for the Red Devils and head coach Rick Wedlow to move ...

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Fri, 20 Nov 2015 23:18:45 -0800

Rome vs. Ware County. Ware County's Ervin Nard (right) dives past Rome High's Jamious Griffin during Friday's game in Waycross. (Photo contributed by Bo Carter via the Waycross Journal-Herald) ...

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