Personalities | Peetie Wheatstraw | Thirties | Jazz & Blues
(Piano, vocals, 1902–41)
William Bunch was born in Tennessee but raised in Arkansas. He played guitar and piano in his youth, left home in the mid-1920s and settled in East St. Louis, Illinois. He made his recording debut in 1930 for Vocalion as Peetie Wheatstraw. A popular and prolific recording artist for Decca and Vocalion until his death, Wheatstraw was billed as ‘The Devil’s Son-In-Law’. His recordings often also featured a prominent guitarist such as Kokomo Arnold or Lonnie Johnson. He died in an automobile accident less than a month after his final recording session.
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