Personalities | Mississippi Sheiks | Twenties | Jazz & Blues

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1926–35)

The Mississippi Sheiks were Lonnie Chatmon (guitar, violin) and Walter Vinson (guitar), sometimes joined by Chatmon’s brothers Sam (guitar, violin) and Armenter (a.k.a. Bo Carter, guitar), as well as Charlie McCoy (banjo, mandolin); the vocals were shared between the group members. Their repertoire blended blues themes with contemporary pop/novelty tunes, similar to a jug band’s but somewhat less hokey in its delivery. According to Sam Chatmon’s recollections, they played mostly for white audiences. They recorded for OKeh and Bluebird; their ‘Sitting On Top Of The World’ has become a standard, subsequently interpreted by Howlin’ Wolf and Cream, among many others.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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