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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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I'm A Lover Not A Fighter
Lazy Lester: I'm A Lover Not A Fighter Art-Nr.: CDCHD518

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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...
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All Over You (CD)
Lazy Lester: All Over You (CD) Art-Nr.: CDXANT0042

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(1998 'Antone's') (44:02/12) Lester presents himself in good shape. The production tried to recapture that special Jay Miller feel. Although it doesn't sound as rough and powerful as the originals, this is a great comeback album for Lazy...
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Some Say He's Lazy ... Some Say He's Crazy (LP, 10inch)
Lazy Lester: Some Say He's Lazy ... Some Say He's Crazy (LP,... Art-Nr.: LPEXC10001

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(2016/Minigroove) 12 tracks - The Excello 10inch LP series continue with another 10inch by Lazy Lester which never was issued originally! The sound is fantastic and the whole thing is a a real treat to listen to! Get your copy today!
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I'm A Lover, Not A Fighter b-w Sugar Coated Love 7inch, 45rpm
Lazy Lester: I'm A Lover, Not A Fighter b-w Sugar Coated... Art-Nr.: REP12068

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Repro! Excello 45-2143
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I'm A Lover Not A Fighter - The Complete Excello Singles 1956-1962 (CD)
Lazy Lester: I'm A Lover Not A Fighter - The Complete... Art-Nr.: CDJAS3082

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(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....
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All Over You (LP)
Lazy Lester: All Over You (LP) Art-Nr.: LPANT3513

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(Antone's Records) 13 tracks All Over You is a forgotten gem, remastered almost 25 years to the day after its original release and issued here on vinyl for the first time. Recorded with a band from the ranks of Austin's legendary...
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I'm A Lover, Not A Fighter b-w Sugar Coated Love 7inch, 45rpm
Lazy Lester: I'm A Lover, Not A Fighter b-w Sugar Coated... Art-Nr.: REP12071

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(2014) Repro
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I Hear Your Knocking b-w Through The Goodness Of My Heart 7inch, 45rpm
Lazy Lester: I Hear Your Knocking b-w Through The Goodness... Art-Nr.: REP12059

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This one is absolutly made for the dance floor - killer rockin' blues stroller with nice harmonica action - buy or die!
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Lazy Lester Rides Again - Expanded Edition (CD)
Lazy Lester: Lazy Lester Rides Again - Expanded Edition (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCHD1304

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(ACE Records) 23 Tracks - 1987 'Blue Horizon' - I have been a huge fan of Lazy Lester’s brand of Louisiana swamp blues ever since that fateful day, many years ago now, when John Broven and Mike Leadbitter, of Blues Unlimited fame,...
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Lazy Lester Rides Again (LP)
Lazy Lester: Lazy Lester Rides Again (LP) Art-Nr.: LPSJ577

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​(Sunjay) 12 tracks Back in 1970 I had the pleasure of recording a host of Lousiana based blues musicans for Nashville-based Excello Records. I had persuaded the President of that Company. Bud Howell. that such sessions could well...
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