Memphis Slim

Memphis Slim ( born September 3, 1915 in Memphis, Tennessee, † February 24, 1988 in Paris, France ) was an American blues singer and pianist.


When John Len Chatman born, Memphis Slim played his first recordings on August 2, 1940 for the Okeh label under the name Peter Chatman ( & His Washboard Band). Already the results of its second plate Session ( October 30, 1940, the Bluebird label ) were published under his lifetime retained artist name Memphis Slim.

The musical example of the young musician was his father, a guitar and piano player, of which he already at the age of seven or eight years, learned to play the piano.

The late 1930s, Memphis Slim moved to Chicago. There, he accompanied Big Bill Broonzy, Sonny Boy Williamson II and Washboard Sam. In 1940 he took first own plates. Under the title Nobody Loves Me ( B-side of Angel Child ) he took a version of the classic Blue Everyday I Have the Blues on October 10, 1947 along with his The House Rockers. It first appeared in October 1949 in the short-lived label Miracle Records (# 145). The A-side was ranked six of the rhythm and blues charts, the B-side was passed off as his composition, but in reality it came from the pen of Aaron Sparks.

In the next few years he became popular not only in the United States. As one of the first bluesmen Memphis Slim undertook extensive world tours. Along with Willie Dixon, he joined Israel and with Muddy Waters at New York's Carnegie Hall (1959, CD: Chicago Blues Masters, Vol.1, Capitol Records). In the 50s created some singles for the label United.

After a European tour in 1962 with the American Folk Blues Festival to Memphis Slim decided to move to France. He lived there until his death in 1988.

Buried the musician in Galilee Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 8283 Ellis Road, Memphis, Tennessee.

1989 Memphis Slim was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.




Guest musicians

  • Willie Dixon Willie's Blues ( 1959)
  • Pete Seeger Songs of Memphis Slim and Willie Dixon (1960 )
  • Sonny Boy Williamson II .. in Paris ( 1963)
  • Willie Dixon Blues Every Which Way ( 1983)
  • Matt Murphy, Eddie Taylor Together Again One More Time / Still Not Ready For Eddie (1990 )
  • Big Bill Broonzy 1934-1947 (1991 )
  • Terry Timmons 1950-1953 (2004)
  • Bill Wyman 's Blues Odyssey (2001)
  • Roosevelt Sykes Blues By Roosevelt " The Honey - Dripper " Sykes (1995 )
  • Big Bill Broonzy Can not Be Satisfied (2004)
  • Big Bill Broonzy Complete Recorded Works, Vol 12 (1945-1947) (1995 )
  • Washboard Sam Complete Recorded Works, Vol 7 (1994 )
  • Pete Seeger Hard Travelling: The Best Of Pete Seeger (2008)
  • Big Walter Horton Harmonica Blues Kings (1987 )
  • Big Bill Broonzy Key To The Blues (2009)
  • John Mayall Picking The Blues: Boogie Woogie Pioneers (2006)
  • Lightnin ' Hopkins Prestige Profiles, Vol 8 (2005)
  • Story Of Vee -Jay: America's Premier Black Music Label (2002)
  • Theme Time Radio Hour: With Your Host Bob Dylan (2008)
  • John Lee Hooker Ultimate Collection (1948-1990) (1991 )
  • Washboard Sam Washboard Sam 1936-1947 (2000)
  • Stefan Diestelmann Folk Blues Band (1978 )