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Mississippi Slim (country singer)

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Mississippi Slim
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Background information
Birth nameCarvel Lee Ausborn
Born(1923-09-24)September 24, 1923
Smithville, Mississippi, United States
DiedDecember 1, 1973(1973-12-01) (aged 50)
United States
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Years active1940s–1957
LabelsTennessee Records
Associated actsThe Nite Owls

Carvel Lee Ausborn (September 24, 1923 - December 1, 1973),[1] 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[2] and recorded for Tennessee Records. Ausborn also gained fame 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.[3]


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.[4]

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)


  1. ^ "United States Social Security Death Index". Family Search. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  2. ^ Guralnick, Peter. Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley. Little, Brown; 1994. ISBN 0-316-33225-9. p. 20.
  3. ^ Powell Heagy, Wanda. East Tupelo & Elvis, That's the Way It Was. Tillo Publishers; 2010. ISBN 978-0-9712153-1-3. p. 155.
  4. ^ "The Memphis Flash". Retrieved 18 July 2015.

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