LAZY LESTER





SINGLES

EXCELLO 2095 I'm Gonna Leave You Baby / Lester's Stomp1957 US
EXCELLO 2107 Go Ahead / They Call Me Lazy1957 US
EXCELLO 2129 I Told My Little Woman / Tell Me Pretty Baby1957 US
EXCELLO 2143 I'm A Lover Not A Fighter / Sugar Coated Love1958 US
EXCELLO 2155 I Hear You Knockin' / Through The Goodness Of My Heart1959 US 
EXCELLO 2166 I Love You, I Need You / Late, Late In The Evening1959 US
EXCELLO 2182 Bye Bye Baby (Gonna Call It Gone) / A Real Combination For Love  1960 US
EXCELLO 2197 Patrol Blues / You Got Me Where You Want Me1961 US
EXCELLO 2206 I'm So Glad / Whoah Now1961 US
EXCELLO 2219 If You Think I've Lost You / I'm So Tired1962 US
EXCELLO 2230 Lonesome Highway Blues / I Made Up My Mind1963 US
EXCELLO 2235 You're Gonna Ruin Me Baby / Strange Things Happen1963 US
EXCELLO 2243 A Word About Woman / The Same Thing Could Happen To You1963 US
STATESIDE SS 277   I'm A Lover Not A Fighter / Sugar Coated Love1964 UK
EXCELLO 2274 Take Me In Your Arms / You Better Listen1966 US
EXCELLO 2277 Because She's Gone / Pondarosa Stomp1966 US 




ALBUMS

EXCELLO LP 8006 TRUE BLUES  (LP)
Lester's Stomp / I'm A Lover Not A Fighter / Sugar Coated Love / I Hear You Knockin' / I'm So Glad / If You Think I Lost You / Lonesome Highway Blues / I Made Up My Mind
-- reissue: "Made Up My Mind", Blue Horizon 2431-007, 1971 UK --
1967 US
KING SNAKE KS 007 LAZY LESTER RIDES AGAIN  (LP)
I Hear You Knockin' / Irene / St. Louis Blues / Blowin' A Rhumba / Nothin' But The Devil / Hey Mattie / Sugar Coated Love / Travelling Days / The Same Thing Could Happen To You / Can't Stand To See You Go / Out On The Road / Lester's Shuffle
(new recordings with Blues'n'Trouble)
-- UK edition: Blue Horizon BLUH 002, 1987/Swedish edition: Sunjay SJLP 377/extended cd edition: Ace CDCHD 1304, 2011 UK --
1987 US
ALLIGATOR AL/ALCD 4768 HARP & SOUL  (LP/CD)
I Done Got Over It / Take Me In Your Arms / I'm A Man / Patrol Wagon Blues / Dark End Of The Street / Raining In My Heart / Bye Bye Baby / Blodstains On The Wall / Alligator Shuffle / Five Long Years
(new recordings)
1988 US
ANTONE'S ANT 0042 ALL OVER YOU  (CD)
I Need Money / The Sun Is Rising / Strange Things Happen / If You Think I've Lost You / I'm A Lover Not A Fighter / Irene / You're Gonna Ruin Me Baby / Nothing But The Devil / I Made Up My Mind / Hello Mary Lou / Tell Me Pretty Baby / My Home Is A Prison
(new recordings featuring Lazy Lester:vcl/hca/gtr [8, 12], Derek O'Brien:gtr [1-7, 9-11], Sue Foley:gtr [1, 2, 5, 10], Sarah Brown:bs [1-7, 9-10], Mike Buck:dms [1-7, 9-11], Gene Taylor:pno [6])
1998 US
APO 003 LAZY LESTER  (LP)
Riding In The Moonlight / Five Long Years / Blue Lester / Down Here In Prison / Nothin’ In This World / You Do Something
(recorded at Blue Heaven Studios in Salina, Kansas on October 12-13, 2000, tracks 1-3 feat. Lazy Lester:vcl/ac.gtr/hca, tracks 4-6 feat. Lazy Lester:vcl/ac.gtr/hca, Henry Gray:pno, Jimmy D. Lane:gtr)
2001 US
ANTONE'S ANT 0051 BLUES STOP KNOCKIN'  (CD)
Blues Stop Knockin' / I Love You Baby / I'm Your Breadmaker, Baby / Go Ahead / Gonna Stick To You Baby / I'm Gonna Miss You (Like The Devil) / Ya Ya / They Call Me Lazy / Ponderosa Shuffle (instr.) / No Special Rider / I Told My Little Woman / Sad City Blues
(new recordings feat. Lazy Lester:vcl/hca/gtr [10], Gene Taylor:pno [12], Riley Osbourn:pno [1, 3, 7], Derek O'Brien:gtr [1-9, 11-12], Jimmie Vaughan:gtr [1-7, 9, 11], Sue Foley:gtr [12], Sarah Brown:bs [12], Speedy Sparks:bs [1, 3-4, 6-9, 11] & Mike Buck:dms [1-9, 11-12])
-- reissue: Retroworld/Floating World FLOATM6006, 2009 UK (with bonus tracks [from CD All Over You]: Nothing But The Devil / The Sun Is Shining / I'm A Lover Not A Fighter / I Made Up My Mind / My Home Is A Prison / Tell Me Pretty Baby / Hello Mary Lee) --
2001 US
NUBA/CAMBAYÁ-KARONTE CK 6102 LAZY LESTER FEAT. WEST WESTON'S BLUESONICS: ONE MORE ONCE  (CD)
Sugar Coated Love / I'm A Lover Not A Fighter / They Call Me Lazy / I Hear You Knockin' / Five Long Years / The Sun Is Shining / Port Allen Jail / Cambayá Stomp / Irene / Been Walking By Myself
2010 SPA
BLUESTOWN BTR 1025 YOU BETTER LISTEN  (CD)
Rooster Blues / You Better Listen / Ethel Mae / If You Don't Want Me Baby / Scratch My Back / Courtroom Blues / Think It Over One More Time / O.J. Shuffle / Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain / Bright Lights Big City / The Same Thing Will Happen To You / When My First Wife Left Me / Paradise Stomp
(recorded at Juke Joint Studio, Notodden, Norway, 2010, feat. Lazy lester:vcl/hca/gtr [3, 7, 8, 12, 13], Morten Omlid:gtr, Jens Olav Haugen:el.bs/ac.bs, Eskil Aasland:dms + Espen Fjelle:keys [2, 6, 9, 11, 12], Runar Boyesen:acc [9], Trond Ytterboe:bckgr.vcls [9], Knut Henning Slettemo:wbd & spoons [9])
2011 NOR




COLLECTIONS

FLYRIGHT FLY 526 THEY CALL ME LAZY  (LP)
Whoa Now! (-57) / Lester's Stomp (alt., -58) / I'm A Lover Not A Fighter (alt., -59) / Tell Me Pretty Baby (alt., -61/2) / Bloodstains (-61) / Come On Home (-61) / Quit Foolin' Myself (-61) / I'm Leavin' (incomplete, -61) / I'm Leavin' (take 2, -61) / I'm So Tired (alt., -62) / Strange Things Happen (alt., -63) / They Call Me Lazy (-67)
1977 UK
FLYRIGHT FLY 544 POOR BOY BLUES  (LP)
Poor Boy Blues (-67) / A Woman (actually alt. take of "A Word About A Woman", -64) / The Same Thing Could Happen To You (alt., -64) / I'm So Glad (alt., 1962) / Sugar Coated Love / Patrol Wagon (actually alt. take of "Patrol Blues", -61) / Sad Sad City (demo for Dot Records, -61/2) / I Hear You Knockin' (alt., -60) / Now It's Time (actually alt. take of "Take Me In Your Arms", -64) / Ain't Nothin' In This World (actually alt. take of "If You Think I Lost You", -62) / You Got Me (Where You Want Me) (alt., -61) / You Gonna Lose Your Head (actually alt. of "You Better Listen To What I Said", -64)
1979 UK
FLYRIGHT FLYCD 07 LAZY LESTER/LESTER'S STOMP  (CD)
Poor Boy Blues / A Word About Women / The Same Thing Could Happen To You / I'm So Glad / Sugar Coated Love / Patrol Wagon / You Gonna Lose Your Head / Tell Me Pretty Baby / Whoa Now (two takes) / They Call Me Lazy / Bloodstains On The Wall / Come On Home / Quit Foolin' Myself / I'm Leavin' / Lester's Stomp / Strange Things Happen / I'm So Tired / Lover Not A Fighter / Late, Late In The Evening
1987 UK/FRA
ACE CDCHD 518 I'M A LOVER NOT A FIGHTER  (CD)
I'm A Lover Not A Fighter / Sugar Coated Love / Lester's Stomp / I Told My Little Woman / Tell Me Pretty Baby / Whoa Now / I Hear You Knockin' / Through The Goodness Of My Heart / I Love You, I Need You / Late In The Evening / You Got Me Where You Want Me / I'm So Tired / Patrol Blues / I'm So Glad / Sad City Blues / If You Think I've Lost You / I Made Up My Mind / Lonesome Highway Blues / You're Gonna Ruin Me Baby / The Same Thing Could Happen To You / Take Me In Your Arms / You Better Listen To What I Said
1994 UK
P-VINE PCD-2810 TRUE BLUES  (CD)
I'm A Lover Not A Fighter / I Hear You Knockin' / Sugar Coated Love / I'm So Tired / If You Think I Lost You / Bye Bye Baby / Lonesome Highway / I Made Up My Mind / Because She's Gone / Ponderosa Stomp / The Same Thing Could Happen To You / Lester Stomp / I'm Gonna Leave You Baby / Go Head / They Call Me Lazy / I Told My Little Woman / Through The Goodness Of My Heart / I Love You, I Need You / Late, Late In The Evening / A Real Combination For Love
1994 JPN
AVI/EXCELLO 3003 I HEAR YOU KNOCKIN'!: THE EXCELLO SINGLES  (CD)
I'm Gonna Leave You Baby / Lester's Stomp / Go Ahead / They Call Me Lazy / I Told My Little Woman / Tell Me Pretty Baby / I'm A Lover Not A Fighter / Sugar Coated Love / I Hear You Knockin' / Through The Goodness Of My Heart / I Love You, I Need You / Late, Late In The Evening / Bye, Bye Baby / A Real Combination For Love / Patrol Blues / You Got Me (Where You Want Me) / I'm So Glad / Whoa Now / If You Think I've Lost You / I'm So Tired / Lonesome Highway Blues / I Made Up My Mind / You're Gonna Ruin Me Baby / Strange Things Happen / A Word About Women / The Same Thing Could Happen To You / Take Me In Your Arms / You Better Listen / Because She's Gone / Pondarosa Stomp
-- reissue: Avi-Excello CD 4205, 1997 US --
1995 US
ACE CDCHD 1304 LAZY LESTER RIDES AGAIN (EXPANDED EDITION)  (CD)
Sugar Coated Love (take 1) / Travelling Days (take 3) / The Same Thing Could Happen To You (take 2) / Can't Stand To See You Go (take 1) / Out On The Road (take 1) / Lester's Shuffle (take 2) / I Hear You Knockin' (take 4) / Irene (take 3) / St. Louis Blues (take 1) / Blowin' A Rhumba (take 2) / Nothin' But The Devil (take 1) / Hey Mattie (take 4) / + prev. unissued bonus tracks: Travelling Days (take 1) / Travelling Days (take 2) / The Same Thing Could Happen To You (take 1) / The Same Thing Could Happen To You (remake, take 4) / Lester's Shuffle (take 1) / I Hear You Knockin' (take 1) / Blowin' A Rhumba (take 3) / Hey Mattie (take 1) / Hey Mattie (take 3) / I Ain't Glad (take 2) / Rockin' With Lester (take 1)
2011 UK




COMPILATIONS & GUEST APPEARANCES

PRESTIGE/BLUESVILLE BV 1063 SMOKY BABE: THE BLUES OF SMOKY BABE - HOTTEST BRAND GOIN'  (LP)
Now Your Man Done Gone / Hottest Brand Goin' / Something Wrong With My Machine / Insect Blues / Long Way From Home / I'm Goin' Back To Mississippi / Melvanie Blues / Locomotive Blues / Ocean Blues / Boogy Woogy Rag / Coon Hunt / Cold, Cold Snow
(1961 recordings by Robert Brown a.k.a. Smoky Babe with Lazy Lester:hca as Henry Thomas on some tracks)
-- reissues: Ace CH 261, 1988 UK/Original Blues Classics OBCCD-595-2, 2001 UK --
1963 US
EMI/STATESIDE 10068 V/A: AUTHENTIC R&B  (LP)
You're Gonna Ruin Me, Baby / I'm A Lover Not A Fighter
1963 UK
EXCELLO 8011 V/A: THE REAL BLUES  (LP)
Courtroom Blues
1969 US
PYTHON PLP 14 V/A: THE DOWNHOME BLUES, VOL.2  (LP)
I'm A Lover Not A Fighter
1970 UK
PYTHON PLP 22 V/A: THE DOWNHOME BLUES, VOL.3  (LP)
Sugar Coated Love
1971 UK
EXCELLO DBL 8025 V/A: THE EXCELLO STORY  (2-LP)
Tell Me Pretty Baby
-- UK edition: Blue Horizon 2683 007, 1972 --
1972 US
EXCELLO 8025 V/A: THE EXCELLO STORY  (2-LP)
(released in UK by Blue Horizon)
1972 US
VENTURE HFC-52297 V/A: UNCUT DETROIT - LIVE BLUES IN THE NIGHT  (LP)
Lazy Lester with Doug Deming & The Blue Suit Blues Band: Sugar Coated Love
19??
FLYRIGHT FLY 606 V/A: ROCK ME ALL NIGHT LONG  (LP)
Honey Boy Allen (feat. Lazy Lester:hca): Ford V-8
1985 UK
FLYRIGHT FLY 607 V/A: BATON ROUGE BLUES  (LP)
Bloodstains (alt., -61)
1985 UK
FLYRIGHT FLY 614 V/A: BATON ROUGE HARMONICA  (LP)
Tell Me Pretty Baby (alt.) / Whoa Now / Sad City Blues / Courtroom Blues
1988 UK
ALLIGATOR AL-103 V/A: GENUINE HOUSEROCKIN' MUSIC, VOL.3  (LP)
Take Me In Your Arms
-- cd reissue: Alligator ALCD-103 --
1988 US
FLYRIGHT FLYCD 09 V/A: LOUISIANA SWAMP BLUES  (CD) 19?? UK/FRA
RHINO R2 70896 V/A: THE BEST OF EXCELLO RECORDS, VOL.1 - SOUND OF THE SWAMP  (CD)
I Hear You Knockin'
1990 US
FLYRIGHT FLY CD 21 V/A: LOUISIANA SWAMP POP  (CD)
I Hear You Knockin' (prev. unissued take)
1990 UK/FRA
ANTONE'S ANTCD 0016 V/A: ANTONE'S ANNIVERSARY ANTOLOGY, VOL.2  (CD)
Same Thing Could Happen To You (live)
1991 US
ACE CDCHD 400 V/A: EXCELLO HITS  (CD)
I'm A Lover Not A Fighter
1992 UK
ACE CDCHD 427 V/A: BAYOU BLUES BLASTERS  (CD)
Lazy Lester with Katie Webster & Ashton Savoy: Need Shorter Hours
1993 UK
ACE CDCHD 492 V/A: AUTHENTIC EXCELLO R&B  (CD)
You're Gonna Ruin Me Baby / I'm A Lover Not A Fighter / Tell Me Pretty Baby
1993 UK
ACE CDCHD 562 V/A: REAL EXCELLO R&B  (CD)
Whoa Now
1993 UK
XCELL 001 (promo) V/A: SLIM HARPO/LAZY LESTER/LEROY WASHINGTON/LIGHTNIN' SLIM  (CD-EP)
I'm A Lover Not A Fighter
1994? UK
AVI/EXCELLO 3001 V/A: THE BEST OF EXCELLO RECORDS  (CD)
I Hear You Knockin'
-- reissue: Avi/Excello CD 4203, 1997 US --
1994 US
AVI/EXCELLO 3008 V/A: DARK CLOUDS ROLLIN' - EXCELLO SWAMP BLUES CLASSICS  (CD)
You're Gonna Ruin Me Baby / I'm A Lover Not A Fighter
-- reissue: Avi/Excello CD 4210, 1997 US --
1995 US
ACE CDCHD 964 V/A: MOJO WORKING - THE BEST OF ACE BLUES  (CD)
I'm A Lover Not A Fighter
1995 UK
DISCOVERY RECORDS WARNER-74 703 V/A: ANTONE'S 20th ANNIVERSARY  (CD)
A Woman (live)
1996 US
JOEN CR 96-2007 WALKIN' CANE MARK: NO REST FOR THE WICKED  (CD)
Blood Stains On The Wall  (with Lazy Lester)
1996 US
KING SNAKE KS-033 V/A: KING SNAKE HARP CLASSICS - HARPBEAT OF THE SWAMP  (CD)
Sugar Coated Love / The Same Thing Could Happen To You
1997 US
HIP-O CD 40108 V/A: HOUSE ROCKIN' & HIP SHAKIN', VOL.2 - LOUISIANA HOODOO PARTY  (CD)
Lester's Stomp
1998 US
HIP-O CD 40131 V/A: HOUSE ROCKIN' & HIP SHAKIN', VOL.3 - KILLER SWAMP BLUES  (CD)
I'm A Lover Not A Fighter
1998 US
HIP-O CD 40139 V/A: HOUSE ROCKIN' & HIP SHAKIN', VOL.4 - BAYOU BLUES HARP  (CD)
Ponderosa Stomp / If You Think I've Lost You / I Told My Little Woman
1998 US
RHINO 75346 V/A: BLUES MASTERS, VOL.16 - MORE HARMONICA CLASSICS  (CD)
I Hear You Knockin'
1998 US
ACE CDCHD 678 V/A: GENUINE EXCELLO R&B  (CD)
Courtroom Blues / I'm Gonna Leave You Baby / They Call Me Lazy / Go Ahead / Bye Bye Baby (Gonna Call It Gone)
1998 UK
ACE CDCHD 686 V/A: LOCATED IN THE RECORD CENTER OF THE SOUTH  (CD)
Because She's Gone / Ponderosa Stomp / Whoa Now
1998 UK
HIGHTONE HCD 8112 TEDDY MORGAN AND THE PISTOLAS: LOST LOVE AND HIGHWAYS  (CD)
A Word About A Woman  (with Lazy Lester)
1999 US
ACE CDCHD 604 V/A: DEEP HARMONICA BLUES  (CD)
They Call Me Lazy
1999 UK
HIP-O CD 40150 V/A: EXCELLO STORY, VOL.2 - 1955-1957  (CD)
They Call Me Lazy
1999 US
HIP-O CD 40156 V/A: EXCELLO STORY, VOL.3 - 1957-1961  (CD)
I'm A Lover Not A Fighter / I Hear You Knockin'
1999 US
ANTONE'S ANT-0046 V/A: CLIFF'S PICKS  (CD)
Irene
2000 US
TELARC CD-83514 V/A: SUPERHARPS II  (CD)
Walking Thru The Park / Keyhole In Your Door / I Miss You Baby / Strange Things Happen * / I Made Up My Mind * / Let Your Hair Down / What My Mama Told Me / I Hear You Knockin' * / Shake My Hand / Starlight Diamond / She's Nineteen Years Old / Blood Stains On The Wall / Harp To Harp
(feat. Lazy Lester:hca/vcl* + Carey Bell, Snooky Pryor, Raful Neal, Kid Bangham etc.)
2001 US
TELARC CD-83556 V/A: IN THE POCKET - A TASTE OF BLUES HARMONICA  (CD)
Raful Neal with Lazy Lester on harmonica: Starlight Diamond
2002 US
LOUISIANA MUSIC FACTORY BFR 22802 SUNPIE: LEGENDS OF THE SWAMP  (CD)
Boogerbear / Louisiana Swamp Man / Drinkin' And Stinkin' / Sunpie's Romp And Stomp / Can We Make Love Tonight / Born Blind (Eye Sight To The Blind) / God Don't Like It / Been Gone Too Long / Garbage Can Woman / Christmas Time Blues / Mr. Downhome's Special
(feat. Lazy Lester:lead gtr on all tracks except 4 and 7 + 2nd hca/bckgr.vcls on track 7)
2002 US
SOUTHWEST MUSICAL ARTS FOUNDATION SWMAF 01 V/A: BLUES ON MY RADIO - A 20 YEAR CELEBRATION OF "THOSE LOWDOWN BLUES" WITH BOB CORRITORE  (CD)
Made Up My Mind / Jambalaya / Nothin' But The Devil / Patrol Wagon Blues
2003?/2009 US
DIALTONE 0014 V/A: TEXAS HARMONICA RUMBLE  (CD)
That's All Right / Honest I Do
2006 US
MOUNTAIN TOP PRODUCTIONS MT103 V/A: BLUES HARP MELTDOWN, VOL.3 - LEGENDS  (2-CD)
Instrumental - Alley Rock / Blues Stop Knocking / Bloodstains On The Wall / Nothing In This World / Raining In My Heart / Jambalaya / Sugar Coated Love / Hummel's Sign Off
(feat. Lazy Lester:vcl/hca, Charles Wheal:gtr, Bob Welsh:gtr, Steve Wolf:bs, Willie Smith:dms)
2006 US
THE MUSIK FAKTORY/GREAT BLUES RECORDINGS GR2032-2 PAUL ORTA WITH LAZY LESTER: SHUFFLE WITH LESTER  (CD)
She Know How / Hey, Mr. Devil / Tear Drops / You Were Me Lovebird / Don't Start Me Talking / Don't Worry Baby / Shuffle With Lester / Bright Lights, Big City / Judgement Day / Leaving In The Morning / You Don't Have To Go / The Sky Is Crying / One Of These Morning / Wasted Days & Wasted Nights
(recorded in 1999 feat. Lazy Lester:gtr on all the tracks/hca on tracks 2, 5, 8, 13, 14/2nd vcl on track 8)
2006 US
RUF 1134 WENTUS BLUES BAND: FAMILY MEETING  (2-CD)
Lonesome Fugitive (solo) / Rainin' In My Heart (with Wentus Blues Band)
2007 GER
SOUTHWEST MUSICAL ARTS FOUNDATION SWMAF 04 V/A: BROADCASTING THE BLUES! - A 25TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF BOB CORRITORE'S PHOENIX-BASED RADIO SHOW THOSE LOWDOWN BLUES ON KJZZ 91.5 FM  (CD)
Out On The Road / D.J. Shuffle
2008 US
RUF 1142 OMAR KENT DYKES: BIG TOWN PLAYBOY  (CD)
Hello Mary Lee / Dream Girl
(feat. Lazy Lester:hca)
2009 US
EL TORO ETCD 1023 V/A: GOT THEM HILL BILLY BLUES- 32 BLACK BLUES BOPPERS  (CD)
I'm A Lover Not A Fighter
2009 SPA

In addition, Lazy Lester assisted in countless number of Jay Miller sessions since 1956. He appeared as a guitarist/harpist/washboardist/drummer on recordings by Lightnin' Slim, Lonesome Sundown, Slim Harpo, Silas Hogan, Henry Gray, Tabby Thomas, Katie Webster, Nathan Abshire, Johnny Jano and several others.



                                                      

© Compiled by Pete Hoppula

Acknowledgments: Benoit Billot

Published sources: Blues Records 1943-1970 Volume Two (Mike Leadbitter-Leslie Fancourt-Paul Pelletier, 1994) | Music Master Price Guide For Record Collectors (Nick Hamlyn, 1991) | Blues & Rhythm - The Gospel Truth #30 (1987) | The Blues Discography 1943-1970 (Les Fancourt & Bob McGrath, 2006)

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