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Mississippi Sheiks

The Mississippi Sheiks were one of the most popular string bands of the late '20s and early '30s. Formed in Jackson around 1926, the band blended country and blues fiddle music -- both old-fashioned and risqué -- and included guitarist Walter Vinson and fiddler Lonnie Chatmon, with frequent appearances by guitarists Bo Carter and Sam Chatmon, who were also busy with their own solo careers. The musicians were the sons of Ezell Chatmon, uncle of Charlie Patton and leader of an area string band that was popular around the turn of the century. The Mississippi Sheiks (who took their name from the Rudolph Valentino movie The Sheik) began recording for Okeh in 1930 and had their first and biggest success with "Sitting on Top of the World," which was a crossover hit and multi-million seller. In fact, the song became a national standard and has been recorded by Howlin' Wolf, Ray Charles and many more. The Mississippi Sheiks' popularity peaked in the early '30s, and their final recording session happened in 1935 for the Bluebird label. By the end of their career, the prolific and influential string band had recorded well over 60 songs, including the successful "Stop and Listen." ~ Joslyn Layne
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Track List: The Best Of Mississippi Sheiks

1. Still I'm Travelling On

2. Please Don't Wake It Up

3. Stop And Listen Blues #2

4. Sitting On Top Of The World

5. The Jazz Fiddler

6. Seen Better Days

7. Driving That Thing

8. Bed Spring Poker

9. When You're Sick With The Blues

10. I've Got Blood In My Eyes For You

11. Things About Comin' My Way

12. Livin' In A Strain

13. Last Stage Blues

14. Frost Texas Tornado Blues

15. Your Good Man Caught The Train And Gone

16. Unhappy Blues

17. Honey Babe Let The Deal Go Down

18. Ramrod Blues

19. West Jackson Blues

20. Bootlegger's Blues

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Track List: Mississippi Sheiks, Vol. 1

1. Driving That Thing

2. Alberta Blues

3. Winter Time Blues

4. The Sheik Waltz

5. The Jazz Fiddler (Take A)

6. The Jazz Fiddler (Take B)

7. Sitting On Top Of The World

8. Stop And Listen Blues

9. Lonely One In This Town

10. We Are Both Feeling Good Right Now

11. Cracking Them Things

12. Grinding Old Fool

13. Jake Leg Blues

14. Back To Mississippi

15. West Jackson Blues

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