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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 ...

'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 ...

Bo Carter - My Pencil Won't Write No More

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

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 - Banana In Your Fruitbasket 1

Released in 1931 on Vocalion 3091.

'Cigarette Blues' BO CARTER, Delta Blues Guitar Legend (1936)

" Cigarette Blues " The " RED HOT BLUES " (1925-1945) Texas Alexander Pink Anderson Kokomo Arnold Barbecue Bob Scrapper Blackwell Black Ace Ed Bell ...

Bo Carter - Cigarette Blues

Released in 1936 on Bluebird 6295.

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

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114 news items

Thu, 02 Jul 2015 17:10:26 -0700

The estate of early blues musician Armenter “Bo Carter” Chatmon, who died in 1964, has filed a lawsuit against Rod Stewart, Universal Music, and Capitol Records for the inclusion of a song called “Corrina, Corrina” as a bonus track on Stewart's 2013 ...

The Source Weekly

The Source Weekly
Wed, 30 Sep 2015 12:30:00 -0700

Their early material was mostly comprised of Airplane material and covers of blues legends like Jelly Roll Morton and Bo Carter. Their newest album, Steady As She Goes—released in 2011, after a 21-year gap in studio albums—fulfills the promise of ...


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 ...

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter
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 ...

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 ...

Dallas Morning News

Dallas Morning News
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 11:04:45 -0700

Longtime SWC assistant commissioner of media relations Bo Carter recalls helping to pack the 333 boxes of records and memorabilia that were shipped to the Southwest Collection Library in Lubbock. Included were 343 sound recordings, 854 video tapes, ...

Columbus Monthly

Columbus Monthly
Fri, 21 Aug 2015 10:15:00 -0700

Anyone familiar with Custom Chef knows owner Bo Carter's quick-talking, welcoming demeanor as he pounds out sandwiches and soups. The “Not” Grilled Cheese adorns cheddar and mozzarella on focaccia with house bourbon bacon jam and tomato ...


Sat, 13 Jun 2015 15:30:00 -0700

“Congratulations to coach Mainieri on the NCBWA National Coach of the Year award,” NCBWA executive director Bo Carter said. “He has continued the nationally competitive tradition of LSU baseball and is much deserving of this award.” The National Coach ...

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