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Lazy Lester I'm A Lover Not A Fighter

I'm A Lover Not A Fighter
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if you love Slim Harpo and his special blend of Louisiana style blues you just will love this... more

Lazy Lester: I'm A Lover Not A Fighter

if you love Slim Harpo and his special blend of Louisiana style blues you just will love this one, too. A beautiful compilation of his greatest recorded material, including a whole bunch of previously unavailable takes. His hit records are included (see above).

Article properties: Lazy Lester: I'm A Lover Not A Fighter

  • Interpret: Lazy Lester

  • Album titlle: I'm A Lover Not A Fighter

  • Genre Blues

  • Label Ace Records

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0029667151825

  • weight in Kg 0.107
Lazy Lester - I'm A Lover Not A Fighter CD 1
01 I'm A Lover Not A Fighter
02 Sugar Coated Love
03 Lester's Stomp
04 I Told My Little Woman
05 Tell Me Pretty Baby
06 Whoa Now
07 I Hear You Knockin'
08 Through The Goodness Of My Heart
09 I Love You, I Need You
10 Late, Late In The Evening
11 A Real Combination For Love
12 Bloodstains Of The Wall
13 You Got Me Where You Want Me
14 I'm So Tired
15 Patrol Blues
16 I'm So Glad
17 Sad City Blues
18 If You Think I've Lost You
19 I Made Up My Mind
20 Lonesome Highway Blues
21 You're Gonna Ruin Me Baby
22 The Same Thing Could Happen To You
23 Take Me In Your Arms
24 You Better Listen To What I Said
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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