mp3: Lazy Lester - I'm A Lover, Not A Fighter
mp3: Lazy Lester - Sugar Coated Love
Here's another double-hitting rockin' blues record, this time from Lazy Lester. A musician from Louisiana, Lester's mainly known for his singing and harmonica playing, but he also made recordings on guitar and even dabbled in percussion. I'm A Lover, Not A Fighter and Sugar Coated Love were produced for the Excello label by Jay Miller, who also produced some of Slim Harpo's best known records. Today's selections were recorded in 1958, six years before The Kinks covered the humorous I'm A Lover, Not A Fighter on their debut LP. There's been many versions of both sides since then. But, unfortunately, even though Lester claims to have written both songs, the credit went to Miller. A little over ten years ago, a Lazy Lester song gave its name to the incredible Ponderosa Stomp music festival in New Orleans. I've definitely seen Lester play at that festival and have a vague memory of meeting him there too.
Labels: blues, rock'n'roll