Memphis Slim

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John Len Chatman (Memphis Slim) was born on September 3, 1915 and died in Paris, France on February 24, 1988 of renal failure. He made more than 500 recordings. The recordings issued by Chess were actually made for and first issued on Premium Records; the masters were acquired by Chess after Premium failed. He moved to Paris in 1962 and lived there permanently, becoming a Commander in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of the Republic of France.