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Peetie Wheatstraw

William Bunch (December 21, 1902 – December 21, 1941), known as Peetie Wheatstraw, was an American musician, an influential figure among 1930s blues singers. The only known photograph of him shows him holding a National brand tricone resonator guitar, but he played the piano on most of his recordings.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 21st, 1902 (Ripley), Died December 21st, 1941 (St. Louis)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1931 - 1949

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, piano, guitar, composer

Notes: Credited as Pete Wheatstraw on his two Bluebird releases. Sometimes credited as "The Devil's Son-in-Law."

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 179 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-67560 10-in. 9/28/1931 Devil's son-in-law Peetie Wheatstraw Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, composer  
Victor BVE-67561 10-in. 9/28/1931 Pete Wheatstraw Peetie Wheatstraw Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, composer  
Victor BVE-67566 10-in. 9/28/1931 Creeping blues Peetie Wheatstraw Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, composer  
Victor BVE-67567 10-in. 9/28/1931 Ice and snow blues Peetie Wheatstraw Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, composer  
Victor BVE-67568 10-in. 9/28/1931 Greyhound blues Charley Jordan Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-67569 10-in. 9/28/1931 Workingman's blues Charley Jordan Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-67570 10-in. 9/28/1931 Santa Claus blues Charley Jordan Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-67571 10-in. 9/28/1931 Bad breaks blues Charley Jordan Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-074000 10-in. 1/30/1942 Got to go blues Big Joe and his Rhythm Washboard band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-074001 10-in. 1/30/1942 Come over and see me Big Joe and his Rhythm Washboard band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-074002 10-in. 1/30/1942 Sleeping by myself Big Joe and his Rhythm Washboard band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-074003 10-in. 1/30/1942 Bessie Lee blues Big Joe and his Rhythm Washboard band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Decca 60506 10-in. 2/18/1936 Working man (Doing the best I can) Peetie Wheatstraw vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 60507 10-in. 2/18/1936 Low down rascal Peetie Wheatstraw vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 60511 10-in. 2/18/1936 When I get my bonus Peetie Wheatstraw vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 60512 10-in. 2/18/1936 Coon can Shorty Peetie Wheatstraw vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 60522 10-in. 2/19/1936 Meat cutter blues Peetie Wheatstraw vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 60523 10-in. 2/19/1936 The first shall be last and the last shall be first Peetie Wheatstraw vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 60527 10-in. 2/19/1936 Kidnappers blues Peetie Wheatstraw vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 60532 10-in. 2/20/1936 Old good whiskey blues Peetie Wheatstraw vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 60538 10-in. 2/20/1936 Poor millionaire blues Peetie Wheatstraw vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 60539 10-in. 2/20/1936 Deep sea love Peetie Wheatstraw vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 60540 10-in. 2/20/1936 Drinking man blues Peetie Wheatstraw vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 60544 10-in. 2/21/1936 Country fool blues Peetie Wheatstraw vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 63535 10-in. 4/1/1938 304 blues Peetie Wheatstraw vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 1-25 of 179 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Wheatstraw, Peetie," accessed January 28, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105434.

Wheatstraw, Peetie. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 28, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105434.

"Wheatstraw, Peetie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 28 January 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105434

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