Mississippi Slim (country singer)
|Birth name||Carvell Lee Ausborn|
|Born||September 24, 1923|
Smithville, Mississippi, United States
|Died||December 1, 1973 (aged 50)|
|Associated acts||The Nite Owls|
Carvell Lee Ausborn (September 24, 1923 - December 1, 1973), better known by his stage name, Mississippi Slim, was a hillbilly singer who had a radio show on Tupelo's WELO during the later 1940s and recorded for Tennessee Records. Ausborn also gained notoriety among Elvis Presley historians because he was one of the earliest musical influences of the young Presley and once let him sing on his radio show.
Ausborn was born in Smithville, Mississippi. According to Peter Guralnick, he had taken up guitar at the age of 13 to pursue a career in music. He was inspired by Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb and Ausborn's cousin Rod Brasfield, a then prominent country comedian who toured with Hank Williams.
Slim travelled all over the country with Goober and His Kentuckians and the Bisbee's Comedians tent show and even joined the Grand Ole Opry once or twice, largely on the strength of his cousin's connections. He also became known as one of Elvis Presley's first musical heroes and critics. As well, Elvis Presley idolized him and Slim inspired Elvis.
According to Bill Mitchell, Slim "was a good entertainer" who put on a "pretty lively show," primarily "love songs with comedy. The people really enjoyed it."
- 1951 - "You’re Gonna Be Sorry" b/w "Memory Of You" (Tennessee 738)
- 1951 - "Beer Drinkin’ Blues" b/w "I'm Through Cryin' Over You" (Tennessee 745)
- 1953 - "I’m A Long Gone Doggie" b/w "I Know You Can't Be True" (Tennessee 794)
- 1953 - "Tired Of Your Lies" b/w "Queen For A Day" (Tennessee 827)
- "United States Social Security Death Index". Family Search. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
- Guralnick, Peter. Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley. Little, Brown; 1994. ISBN 0-316-33225-9. p. 20.
- Powell Heagy, Wanda. East Tupelo & Elvis, That's the Way It Was. Tillo Publishers; 2010. ISBN 978-0-9712153-1-3. p. 155.
- "The Memphis Flash". Retrieved 18 July 2015.
- The bopping honky-tonk style of the elusive MISSISSIPPI SLIM (1952-55)
- Mississippi Slim discography on Discogs
- Mississippi Slim - 78 RPM - Discography
- Pvt Carvel L. “Mississippi Slim” Ausborn
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