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The Devil's Son-In-Law

To: (ZAZAS-L Satanist Elist)
From: catherine yronwode 
Subject: The Devil's Son-In-Law 
Date: Fri, 25 Sep 1998 10:46:16 -0800

Re: The Devil in Blues Music:

On the Blues Music List 

A querent had asked about the singer Peetie Wheatstraw, who was also
known as "The Devil's Son-In-Law." Here is some data:


William Tufts  wrote:

According to "The All Music Guide to the Blues" William Bunch 
(b. 12/21/02 - d. 12/21/41) who went by the name Peetie Wheatstraw, a.k.a.
"the Devil's Son-In-Law" ... was a singer and pianist who was very
popular in the '30s and died in a collision between his car and a train.


Kevin & Beth  wrote:
Peetie Wheatstraw was the performing name of William Bunch. He was born
in Ripley, Tennessee, in 1902 and moved to East St Louis, Illinois,
around 1929.

From 1930 until his death in 1941, Wheatstraw  recorded over 160 songs,
(81 records) playing guitar or piano to accompany his own vocals.
Charlie Jordan, Big Joe Williams and Peetie were close friends.

Paul Garon wrote an excellent book, "The Devil's Son-In-Law" (one of
Peetie's nicknames) but it is very hard to find.

Wheatstraw also referred to himself as "The High Sheriff from Hell."

He died when the car he was in crashed into a train boxcar. He is buried
in Cotton Plant, Arkansas.

His complete recordings are available on CD on Document Records.


Chuck Nevitt  wrote:

Here is a page on Peetie Wheatstraw from the bluecafe:


From the above-cited URL (which contains a picture and a sound clip),
comes the following information:

     "Wheatstraw was also a talented lyric writer. 
     Many of his songs contain elaborate, clever
     phrases that, more often than not, focus on 
     themes of sex, death, and the supernatural, 
     often with the imperative that one should  
     enjoy life to the fullest."

In addition to playing with the singer-guitarists named above, The
Devil's Son-In-Law also recorded with Lonnie Johnson, Kokomo Arnold, and
Charlie McCoy.

Yours for more "devil's music," 

catherine yronwode

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