Memphis Moment: Memphis Slim

Memphis, TN – Born in Memphis in 1915, John Peter Chatman, otherwise known as Memphis Slim, began recording in the 1930s for Bluebird Records. His singles included Beer Drinking Women and Grinder Man Blues. Slim and friends formed a band, Memphis Slim and the Houserockers, and their innovative use of horns gave the blues a new sound. In 1962, Slim moved to Europe, touring with jazz drummer George Collier, eventually settling in Paris. In 1989, Memphis Slim was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.

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