Memphis Slim


American blues pianist, singer, and composer.

Born John Len Chatman in Memphis, he adopted his father's name Peter, who was a blues musician. He moved to Chicago in the 1930s where he was mentored by [a307270], and began cutting sides as a leader in 1939 for [l62753] and [l20955]. Although performed under the name Memphis Slim, he published songs that he had written under the name [a1028318]. His prolific recording career also included sides for [l71637], [l33931], and [l34488], among many other labels. He moved to Paris in 1961, living there until his death in 1988.

Born: September 3, 1915 (Memphis, Tennessee)
Died: February 24, 1988 (Paris, France)