Jeannie Cheatham

Jeannie Cheatham played roots music before anyone was calling it that. She grew up on church music, and progressed to the blues in a time and place where black women were encouraged to express their emotions through music.  Jeannie was there when rhythm and blues became popular and played her own style in clubs and dances all around America. When she met Jimmy Cheatham their personal and musical lives forever became a part of each other. Jeannie’s autobiography “Meet Me with Your Black Drawers On: 
My Life in Music” was published in 2006 and tells of her incredible strength and vast musical talent. 

Interview Date:
April 18, 2002
Job Title:
Musician, Keyboardist, Vocalist

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