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J.B. Lenoir


Beginners to his considerable legacy could possibly be forgiven for questioning J.B. Lenoir’s gender upon initial hearing his rocking waxings. Lenoir’s extremely high-pitched vocal range is really a fooler, nonetheless it only increases the singular selling point of his music. His politically billed “Eisenhower Blues” allegedly triggered a variety of awful repercussions upon its 1954 introduction on Al Benson’s Bird logo (it had been quickly pulled from the cabinets and changed with Lenoir’s much less controversially entitled “Tax Paying out Blues”). J.B. (which was his whole legal deal with) fell beneath the spell of Blind Lemon Jefferson being a wee lad, because of his guitar-wielding father. Lightnin’ Hopkins and Arthur Crudup had been also cited as early affects. Lenoir spent amount of time in New Orleans before arriving in Chicago in the past due ’40s. Boogie grooves had been essential to Lenoir’s infectious regular in the get-go, although his initial one for Chess in 1951, “Korea Blues,” was another cut of topical ointment commentary. From past due 1951 to 1953, he waxed many schedules for Joe Brown’s Work logo together with pianist Sunnyland Slim, drummer Alfred Wallace, and on the romping “The Mojo,” saxophonist J.T. Dark brown. Lenoir waxed his most long lasting piece, the infectious (and often-covered) “Mama Speak to your Little girl,” in 1954 for Al Benson’s Bird label. Lenoir’s 1954-1955 Bird result and 1955-1958 Checker catalog included a raft of great shows, including a humorously defiant “Don’t Contact My Mind” (describing his brand-new procedure hairdo) and “Organic Guy.” Lenoir’s audio was exclusive: saxes (generally Alex Atkins and Ernest Natural cotton) wailed together behind Lenoir’s boogie-driven tempo acoustic guitar as drummer Al Galvin pounded out a rudimentary backbeat just about everywhere but where it customarily lays. In some way, it all match together. Spread singles for Shad in 1958 and Vee-Jay 2 yrs later held Lenoir’s name in the general public attention. His music was developing substantially by enough time he installed with USA Information in 1963 (see the 45’s billing: J.B. Lenoir & his African Hunch Tempo). A lot more uncommon were both acoustic albums he lower for German blues promoter Horst Lippmann in 1965 and 1966. Alabama Blues! and Straight down in Mississippi had been completed in Chicago under Willie Dixon’s guidance, Lenoir now absolve to intricate on whatever stressed his brain (“Alabama March,” “Vietnam Blues,” “Shot on Wayne Meredith”). Little do Lenoir understand his period was quickly operating out. By enough time of his 1967 loss of life, the guitarist got shifted to downstate Champaign — and that is where he passed away, probably like a delayed consequence of an auto incident he was involved with three weeks ahead of his actual loss of life.

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Full Name J. B. Lenoir
Died April 29, 1967, Urbana, Illinois, United States
Profession Singer-songwriter
Nationality American, French
Music Songs Alabama Blues, Mama Talk to Your Daughter, Eisenhower Blues, The Mojo Boogie, Vietnam Blues, Down In Mississippi, I Feel So Good, Born Dead, Don't Touch My Head, Natural Man, The Whale Has Swallowed Me, Korea Blues, Shot on James Meredith, Don't Dog Your Woman, Slow Down Woman, Alabama March, Feelin' Good, Let Me Die With the One I Love, I'm in Korea, Voodoo Music, I Sing Um the Way I Feel, Mississippi Road, If I Get Lucky, Tax Payin' Blues, Man Watch Your Woman, People Are Meddling, What About Your Daughter?, I'm Gonna Die Someday, J.B.'s Rock, What Have I Done, Play a Little While, Daddy Talk To Your Son
Albums Passionate Blues, Alabama Blues, Vietnam Blues, Natural Man, An Introduction To J.B. Lenoir, I Don't Know, The Bluesman, 1955-1956, J.B. Lenoir, I Wanna Play a Little While, 1951 - 1954: His JOB Recordings, Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues, I Feel So Good, The 1951-54 J.O.B.Sessions, Greatest Hits, The Mojo, J.B Lenoir: Essential 10, Top 50 Classics - The Very Best of J.B. Lenoir, The Golden Chicago Years, Got the Blues, Abc of the Blues Vol. 23, J.B Lenoir: Debut Recordings, Charly Blues Masterworks, Volume 47: Mama Watch Your Daughter, Mama Talk to Your Daughter, J.B. Lenoir - Blues Classics, The Blues Collection 34: Eisenhower Blues, Eisenhower Blues, The Parrot Anthology, The Blues Effect - J.B. Lenoir, Essential Chicago Blues Masters, Legendary Bop, Rhythm & Blues Classics, Masterpieces Presents J. B. Lenoir: 10 Greatest Blues Hits, Let's Roll, One More Shot, J.B. Lenoir - Greatest Hits (Best Value Music), 1951-1954, Down in Mississippi
Movies The Soul of a Man

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Independent Lens TV Series documentary lyrics - 1 episode, 2014 music - 1 episode, 2014
Bloodworth 2010 performer: "Let Me Die With the One I Love" / writer: "Let Me Die With the One I Love"
Grilled 2006 performer: "Lou Ella" / writer: "Lou Ella"
The Blues TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2003 writer - 1 episode, 2003
The Soul of a Man 2003 Documentary "I Want To Go", "Round And Round", "Vietnam Blues", "God's Word", "The Whale Has Swallowed Me" / performer: "I Feel So Good", "I've Been Down So Long", "Everything I Do", "I Want to Go", "Round and Round", "Voodoo Music', "God's Word", "Slow Down", "I Want the World to Know I Love You", "Down in Mississippi", "Alabama", "The Whale Have Swallowed Me" / writer: "I Feel So Good", "I've Been Down So Long", "Everything I Do", "I Want to Go", "Round and Round", "Voodoo Music', "God's Word"
Chaindance 1991 writer: "I WANT TO GO"
The Accused 1988 "Mojo Boogie"
Blues Like Showers of Rain 1970 Short performer: "It Hurts Me So Bad", "I Feel Like Singing the Blues", "I Don't Care What Nobody Say" aka "Stand by Me"

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The Blues 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
The Soul of a Man 2003 Documentary Himself

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