Peetie Wheatstraw (1902-1941)
Heroes of the Blues Trading Tees Card #35
Art by R. Crumb Text by Stephen Calt
Peetie Wheatstraw was born William Bunch at Ripley, Tennessee, in 1902. He lived for a time in Cotton Plant, Arkansas, then moved north in 1929. Working largely out of St. Louis, he became one of the blues most popular vocalists, and recorded 161 titles between 1930 and 1941. His style of interjecting a fleeting falsetto on the last measure of a verse was the most widely copied blues mannerism of the period. A fatal car cut short his career in 1941. Peetie Wheatstraw was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 2008.
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