Sam Chatmon biography
Sam Chatmon Born: January 10, 1897, Boltmon, Mississippi
Died: February 2, 1983, Hollandale, Mississippi
Chatmon was born into a highly musical family — reportedly there were 11 sons, all of them musicians. As a boy Sam often played with the Chatmon Family String Band, and when three of his brothers formed the Mississippi Sheiks, who became very popular, he sometimes played with them as well. But Chatmon was a multi-instrumentalist in his own right — playing mandolin, bass, guitar and banjo — and worked as a traveling musician with a wide repertoire that included blues until the early 1940s. He became a plantation worker until the 1960s blues revival, at which point, like many of his contemporaries, he embarked upon a second career as a musician, performing and recording until his death in 1983.
Sam Chatmon on Record
Essential listening: “My Little Woman,” “Shake ‘Em All Down,” “God Don’t Like Ugly,” “Hollandale Blues,” “Sitting on Top of the World”
Who gonna love you tonight lyrics
Well, you told me, woman,
Yes, baby, that’s all right.
You told me, baby, your love for me was strong.