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Lazy Lester

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Lazy Lester (born Leslie Johnson in Torras, Louisiana, 20 June 1933) is a swamp blues harmonica master whose half-century career spans the 1950s to the 2000s. Best known for regional hits recorded with Jay Miller’s Crowley, Louisiana-based Excello Records, Lester also contributed as a side-man to swamp blues classics recorded by Excello label-mates including Slim Harpo, Lightnin’ Slim, and Katie Webster. His songs have been covered by (among others) The Kinks, Freddy Fender, Dwight Yoakam, Dave Edmunds, Raful Neal, Anson Funderburgh, and the Fabulous Thunderbirds. In the “comeback” stage of his career (since the late 1980s) he has recorded new albums backed by, among others, Mike Buck, Sue Foley, Gene Taylor, Kenny Neal, Lucky Peterson, and Jimmie Vaughan (ex-Fabulous Thunderbirds brother of Stevie Ray Vaughan

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In the mid-1950s, Lester was on the margins of the Louisiana blues scene. According to Rolling Stone (February 23, 2006), Buddy Guy, before moving to Chicago, had played in Louisiana “with some of the old masters: Lightnin’ Hopkins, Lazy Lester, Slim Harpo.” When Guy left for Chicago, in 1957, Lester replaced him, on guitar, in a local band—even though Lester, at the time, did not own such a musical instrument.
Lester’s career took off when he found a seat next to Lightnin’ Slim on a bus transporting Slim to an Excello recording session. At the studio, the scheduled harmonica player did not appear.

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  • BJBooth

    I only wish more people would forget the contemporary crap played on stations and get back to where music began, if for no other reason than its absolute purity and importance. None of these new 'artists' would be anywhere if the groundwork had not been laid by the likes of Slim Harpo, Elmore James, Lazy Lester - and too many to mention. Let's get back to the blues, it's all that really matters, in my humble opinion. Only music that gives me goosebumps after all these years and hundreds of plays.

    28 May 1:09pm Reply
  • CHlLDlNTlME

    i have marine band harmonica, and i learn to play, listening lazy lester

    1 May 2012 Reply
  • beanismine

    he's got that great Robert Bradley dirty blues with gospel under tones thing going and it works

    29 Mar 2011 Reply
  • PhatBasta

    I'm a man...!! ....awwww awwww

    14 Feb 2011 Reply
  • ramonfw

    I didn't know Morgan Freeman sings.

    2 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Rohrkatze

    ...nothin' but the devil... Nice one. :)

    16 Oct 2010 Reply
  • captainraymond

    Saw him yesterday in Mijas. Excellent.

    14 Jun 2010 Reply
  • edgewaterluv

    Great swamp blues harmonica master

    2 Apr 2009 Reply
  • lam_noob

    great

    27 Mar 2009 Reply
  • nitis

    louisiana blues - cool

    16 Mar 2009 Reply

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