Bo Carter

Real Name:
Armenter Chatmon
Profile:
American blues guitarist and singer.
Born: June 30, 1893 in Bolton, Mississippi, United States
Died: September 21, 1964 in Memphis, Tennessee, United States

He was a member of the Mississippi Sheiks in concerts and on a few of their recordings. He also managed that group, which included his brothers Lonnie Chatmon on fiddle and, occasionally, Sam Chatmon on bass and their friend Walter Vinson on guitar and lead vocals. He had another musician brother called Harry Chatmon.

Since the 1960s, Carter has become best known for his risqué songs, such as "Banana in Your Fruit Basket", "Your Biscuits Are Big Enough for Me", "Please Warm My Wiener" and many others. However, his output was not limited to dirty blues. 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.

Carter and his brothers first learned music from their father, the fiddler Henderson Chatmon, a former slave, at their home on a plantation between Bolton and Edwards, Mississippi. Their mother, Eliza, also sang and played the guitar.

Carter made his recording debut in 1928, backing Alec Johnson (2), and was soon recording as a solo musician. He became a dominant blues recording acts of the 1930s, recording 110 sides. He also played with and managed the family group, the Mississippi Sheiks, and several other acts in the area. He and the Sheiks often performed for "whites", playing the pop hits of the day and white-oriented dance music, as well as for "blacks", playing a bluesier repertoire.

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

Carter suffered strokes and died of a cerebral hemorrhage at Shelby County Hospital, in Memphis, on September 21, 1964. He is buried in Nitta Yuma Cemetery, Sharkey County, Mississippi.
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Singles & EPs

8810 Bo Carter - Cracking Them Things / Back To Mississippi album art Mississippi Sheiks With Bo Carter Mississippi Sheiks With Bo Carter - Cracking Them Things / Back To Mississippi(Shellac, 10") Okeh 8810 US 1930 Sell This Version
8923 Bo Carter - What Kind Of Scent Is This / I've Got A Case Of Mashin' It album art Bo Carter What Kind Of Scent Is This / I've Got A Case Of Mashin' It(Shellac, 10") Okeh 8923 US 1931 Sell This Version
8887 Bo Carter - Pin In Your Cushion / I Love That Thing album art Bo Carter Pin In Your Cushion / I Love That Thing(Shellac, 10") Okeh 8887 US 1931 Sell This Version
8889 Bo Carter - Howling Tom Cat Blues / Sorry Feeling Blues	 album art Bo Carter Howling Tom Cat Blues / Sorry Feeling Blues (Shellac, 10") Okeh 8889 US 1931 Sell This Version
8852 Bo Carter - I'm An Old Bumble Bee / I've Got The Whole World In My Hand album art Bo Carter I'm An Old Bumble Bee / I've Got The Whole World In My Hand(Shellac, 10") Okeh 8852 US 1931 Sell This Version
8939 Bo Carter - Grinding Old Fool / Jake Leg Blues album art Mississippi Sheiks With Bo Carter Mississippi Sheiks With Bo Carter - Grinding Old Fool / Jake Leg Blues(Shellac, 10") Okeh 8939 US 1932 Sell This Version
8930 Bo Carter - Last Go Round / So Long Baby, So Long album art Bo Carter Last Go Round / So Long Baby, So Long(Shellac, 10") Okeh 8930 US 1932 Sell This Version
B-5629 Bo Carter - Beans / Tellin' You 'Bout It album art Bo Carter Beans / Tellin' You 'Bout It(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-5629 US 1934 Sell This Version
B-5453 Bo Carter - Sweet Maggie / Sales Tax album art Mississippi Sheiks With Bo Carter Mississippi Sheiks With Bo Carter - Sweet Maggie / Sales Tax(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-5453 US 1934 Sell This Version
B-5594 Bo Carter - Banana In The Fruit Basket / Pin In Your Cushion album art Bo Carter Banana In The Fruit Basket / Pin In Your Cushion(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-5594 US 1934 Sell This Version
B-5861 Bo Carter - Old Shoe Blues / Let Me Roll Your Lemon album art Bo Carter Old Shoe Blues / Let Me Roll Your Lemon(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-5861 US 1935 Sell This Version
B-6058 Bo Carter - Please Warm My Weiner / She's Gonna Crawl Back Home To You album art Bo Carter Please Warm My Weiner / She's Gonna Crawl Back Home To You(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-6058 US 1935 Sell This Version
B-6024 Bo Carter - Blue Runner Blues / Fifty-Fifty With Me album art Bo Carter Blue Runner Blues / Fifty-Fifty With Me(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-6024 US 1935 Sell This Version
B-6295 Bo Carter - All Around Man / Cigarette Blues album art Bo Carter All Around Man / Cigarette Blues Bluebird (3) B-6295 US 1936 Sell This Version
B-6529 Bo Carter - T Baby Blues / Erie Train Blues album art Bo Carter / Milton Sparks Bo Carter / Milton Sparks - T Baby Blues / Erie Train Blues(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-6529 US 1936 Sell This Version
B-8045 Bo Carter Let's Get Drunk Again / Ways Like A Crawfish(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-8045 US 1938 Sell This Version
B-8159 Bo Carter - Your Biscuits Are Big Enough For Me / Trouble In Blues album art Bo Carter Your Biscuits Are Big Enough For Me / Trouble In Blues(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-8159 US 1938 Sell This Version
B-8495 Bo Carter - Policy Blues / My Baby album art Bo Carter Policy Blues / My Baby(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-8495 US 1940 Sell This Version
B-6735 Bo Carter - Pussy Cat Blues / Worried G Blues album art Bo Carter Pussy Cat Blues / Worried G Blues(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-6735 US Unknown Sell This Version
B-7213 Bo Carter - The Ins And The Outs of My Gal / Don't Mash My Digger So Deep album art Bo Carter The Ins And The Outs of My Gal / Don't Mash My Digger So Deep(Shellac, 10", Single) Bluebird (3) B-7213 US Unknown Sell This Version
03259 Bo Carter - Ants In My Pants / Ram Rod Daddy album art "Bo" Carter* Ants In My Pants / Ram Rod Daddy(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 03259 US Unknown Sell This Version
B-6444 Bo Carter - Fat Mouth Blues / You Better Know Your Business album art Bo Carter Fat Mouth Blues / You Better Know Your Business(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-6444 US Unknown Sell This Version
B-6373 Bo Carter - Ain't Nobody Got It / Rolling Blues album art Bo Carter Ain't Nobody Got It / Rolling Blues(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-6373 US Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

L-1014 Bo Carter - Greatest Hits 1930-1940 album art Bo Carter Greatest Hits 1930-1940 (Comp) Yazoo L-1014 US 1968 Sell This Version
L-1034 Bo Carter - Twist It Babe 1931-1940 album art Bo Carter Twist It Babe 1931-1940 (Comp) Yazoo L-1034 US 1972 Sell This Version