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(2017/Jasmine) 26 Tracks - 1956-1962 - This CD looks at the career of the Excello label's premier... more

Lazy Lester: I'm A Lover Not A Fighter - The Complete Excello Singles 1956-1962 (CD)

(2017/Jasmine) 26 Tracks - 1956-1962 - This CD looks at the career of the Excello label's premier harp player, Lazy Lester who in addition to his own releases also performed back up duties on scores of other 45s released by Excello. Includes his classic and much covered versions of 'I'm A Lover Not A Fighter' and 'Sugar Coated Love'. Lazy Lester is still touring today at the age of 82. He is probably the last of the great blues harmonica players and here are 26 excellent examples of his vibrant harmonica and popular style. If you love the sound of Louisiana swamp blues you'll love this collection!

Article properties: Lazy Lester: I'm A Lover Not A Fighter - The Complete Excello Singles 1956-1962 (CD)

  • Interpret: Lazy Lester

  • Album titlle: I'm A Lover Not A Fighter - The Complete Excello Singles 1956-1962 (CD)

  • Genre Blues

  • Year of publication 2017
  • Label Jasmine Records

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0604988308228

  • weight in Kg 0.11
Lazy Lester - I'm A Lover Not A Fighter - The Complete Excello Singles 1956-1962 (CD) CD 1
01 I'm Gonna Leave You Baby
02 Lester's Stomp
03 Go Ahead
04 They Call Me Lazy
05 I Told My Little Woman
06 Tell Me Pretty Baby
07 I'm A Lover, Not A Fighter
08 Sugar Coated Love
09 I Hear You Knockin'
10 Through The Goodness Of My Heart
11 I Love You I Need You
12 Late In The Evening
13 A Real Combination For Love
14 Bye Bye Baby, Gonna Call It Gone
15 You Got Me Where You Want Me
16 Patrol Blues
17 (I'm So Glad) My Baby's Back Home
18 Whoa Now
19 If You Think I've Lost You
20 I'm So Tired
21 My Home Is A Prison (Slim Harpo, Bonus Tracks 'in Session')
22 Role On Ole Mule (Tabby Thomas, Bonus Tracks 'in Session')
23 Nothing But The Devil (Lightnin' Slim, Bonus Tracks 'in Session')
24 Gonna Stick To You Baby (Lonesome Sundown, Bonus Tracks 'in Session')
25 Hoodoo Party (Tabby Thomas, Bonus Tracks 'in Session')
26 Rooster Blues (Lightnin' Slim, Bonus Tracks 'in Session')
Lazy Lester Lazy Lester, born Leslie Johnson on June 20, 1933 in Torras, Louisiana, played... more
"Lazy Lester"

Lazy Lester

Lazy Lester, born Leslie Johnson on June 20, 1933 in Torras, Louisiana, played harmonica and guitar and recorded for producer Jay Miller. His fantastic 1950s and 1960s sides were released on the famous Nashville-based Excello Records label, owned by Ernie Young.

Besides recording under his own name, Lazy Lester contributed to recordings by Lightnin’ Slim, Slim Harpo and Katie Webster, a.o. He will always be remembered for writing such beautiful Louisiana blues classics as ’I'm a Lover Not a Fighter,’ ’I Hear You Knockin', ’ and ’Sugar Coated Love. ’

By accident, Lazy Lester found himself a seat on a bus sitting next to Lightnin’ Slim who was on his way to a 1956 Excello recording session. The scheduled harmonica player for the session didn’t show up, so Lazy Lester could step in. Jay Miller was impressed by Lester’s cool, laidback style of playing the harmonica and recorded him as solo artist. He also used the multi-instrumentalist – Lester could play guitar, harmonica, bass and percussions - in sessions for other Excello artists.

Lazy Lester wrote great tunes, but most of his songs were credited to Jay Miller, or to Miller and Lester. He only only received few royalties, he stated and gave up on the music industry by the late 1960s and he took over manual work. In 1971 promoter Fred Reif organized a show with Lightnin’ Slim, and Lester was brought in to perform with his former partner. Lazy Lester was back on the scene! For the next three decades or so he played in the US and Europe, usually backed by pick-up bands. Record labels like Alligator, Telarc and Ace Records (UK) recorded him again, and once again Lester became an integral part of the international blues circus. 

Among others the Fabulous Thunderbirds, the Flamin' Groovies, Dave Edmunds, Dwight Yoakam, the Kinks, Anson Funderburgh and Freddy Fender recorded his songs. Most recently, Lester lived with his girlfriend in Paradise, California, he occasionally appeared at festivals and in documentary films. Lazy Lester died of cancer August 22, 2018. He lived to be 85.

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Tracklist
Lazy Lester - I'm A Lover Not A Fighter - The Complete Excello Singles 1956-1962 (CD) CD 1
01 I'm Gonna Leave You Baby
02 Lester's Stomp
03 Go Ahead
04 They Call Me Lazy
05 I Told My Little Woman
06 Tell Me Pretty Baby
07 I'm A Lover, Not A Fighter
08 Sugar Coated Love
09 I Hear You Knockin'
10 Through The Goodness Of My Heart
11 I Love You I Need You
12 Late In The Evening
13 A Real Combination For Love
14 Bye Bye Baby, Gonna Call It Gone
15 You Got Me Where You Want Me
16 Patrol Blues
17 (I'm So Glad) My Baby's Back Home
18 Whoa Now
19 If You Think I've Lost You
20 I'm So Tired
21 My Home Is A Prison (Slim Harpo, Bonus Tracks 'in Session')
22 Role On Ole Mule (Tabby Thomas, Bonus Tracks 'in Session')
23 Nothing But The Devil (Lightnin' Slim, Bonus Tracks 'in Session')
24 Gonna Stick To You Baby (Lonesome Sundown, Bonus Tracks 'in Session')
25 Hoodoo Party (Tabby Thomas, Bonus Tracks 'in Session')
26 Rooster Blues (Lightnin' Slim, Bonus Tracks 'in Session')