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Lazy Lester

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Unlike his multi-colored sobriquet, (given by prolific southern Louisiana manufacturer J.D. Miller), harpist Sluggish Lester swears he hardly ever was everything that lethargic. But he rarely was in a lot of a rush either, even though relentless speed of his Excello Information swamp blues classics “I’m a Fan Not really a Fighter” and “I Listen to You Knockin'” might contradict that declaration, too. While we were young beyond Baton Rouge, Leslie Johnson was inspired by Jimmy Reed and Small Walter. But his entree into playing skillfully arrived quite unintentionally: while traveling on the bus sometime in the middle-’50s, he fulfilled guitarist Lightnin’ Slim, who was simply looking fruitlessly for an AWOL harpist. The two’s designs meshed seamlessly, and Lester became Slim’s harpist of preference. In 1956, Lester stepped out entrance at Miller’s Crowley, Louisiana studios for the very first time. During a protracted stint at Excello that extended into 1965, he waxed such gems as “Glucose Coated Appreciate,” “IF YOU BELIEVE I’ve Shed You,” and “A SIMILAR THING Could Happen for you.” Lester demonstrated important as an imaginative sideman for Miller, making use of from cardboard containers and claves to whacking on papers to be able to locate the right percussive audio for the producer’s result. Lester quit playing for nearly 2 decades (and didn’t especially miss it, either), settling in Pontiac MI in 1975. But Fred Reif (Lester’s supervisor, reserving agent, and rub panel player) persuaded the harpist a return to actions was to be able, inaugurating a comeback that included a good 1988 recording for Alligator, Harp & Spirit. His swamp blues audio continued to be as atmospheric (and, dare one state, enthusiastic) as ever on following produces including 1998’s AROUND You and 2001’s Blues Prevent Knockin’, offering Jimmie Vaughan.

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Full Name Lazy Lester
Profession Singer, Songwriter
Nationality American
Music Songs Sugar-Coated Love, Blues Stop Knockin', I'm a Lover Not a Fighter, Lester's Stomp, Patrol Blues, I Hear You Knockin', Through the Goodness of My Heart, I'm Gonna Leave You Baby, They Call Me Lazy, Pondarosa Stomp, You're Gonna Ruin Me Baby, I Told My Little Woman, I'm Your Breadmaker, Baby, The Same Thing, Tell Me Pretty Baby, Sad City Blues, If You Think I've Lost You, Alligator Shuffle, A Real Combination for Love, Lover Not a Fighter, Late Late in the Evening, Bloodstains On The Wall, I'm a Man, You Better Listen to What I Said, Poor Boy Blues, My Home Is a Prison, I Made Up My Mind, Raining In My Heart, Lazy Lester - I’m a Lover Not a Fighter, Take Me in Your Arms, Hello Mary Lee, I Love You Baby
Albums Harp & Soul, Rides Again - Expanded Edition, Blues Stop Knockin', All Over You, One More Once, Shuffle With Lester, You Better Listen, True Blues, I Hear You Knockin'! The Excello Singles, Superharps II, I'm a Lover Not a Fighter, I'm a Lover Not a Fighter: The Complete Excello Records Singles (1956 - 1962), Poor Boy Blues: The Legendary Jay Miller Sessions, Volume 16, They Call Me Lazy: The Legendary Jay Miller Sessions, Volume 7
Movies Wentus Blues Band: Family Meeting


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Family Meeting 2007 Documentary performer: "Lonesome Fugitive", "Raining in My Heart", "It Hurts Me Too"

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Family Meeting 2007 Documentary Himself
10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroads 2007 Video documentary Himself
Lightning in a Bottle 2004 Documentary Himself
Blues Odyssey 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself

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