1130 College St.

Home of Memphis Slim at 1130 College St.

Teaming with Big Bill Broonzy in Chicago, Memphis-born John Len Chatman (later taking his father’s name, Peter) played both piano and guitar. Eventually assuming the name “Memphis Slim”, while in the “Windy City,” he influenced other bluesman such as Sonny Boy Williamson and Washboard Sam. After forming his own band, Slim had hits “Messin’ Around” and “Rockin’ the House,” Perhaps his most significant contribution to blues lore was “Nobody Loves Me” (later coined as “Everyday I Have the Blues”), which would go on to be covered by B.B. King, Elmore James, Eric Clapton, and Jimi Hendrix. He would eventually move to Paris in 1962, where he would live out the remainder of his life. At 72, Peter “Memphis Slim” Chatman died, in 1988. His final resting place is located in Galilee Memorial Gardens in Memphis, TN.

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The newly renovated model of Slim’s home