Lazy Lester

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Lazy Lester (born Leslie Johnson, June 20, 1933) is an American blues musician, who sings, and plays the harmonica and guitar. His career spans the 1950s to the 2010s.

Best known for regional hits recorded with Ernie Young's Nashville, Tennessee based Excello label, Lester also contributed to songs recorded by Excello label-mates including Slim Harpo, Lightnin' Slim, and Katie Webster. His songs have been covered by (among others) The Kinks, The Flamin' Groovies, 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 Mike Buck, Sue Foley, Gene Taylor, Kenny Neal, Lucky Peterson, and Jimmie Vaughan.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 Harp & Soul Lazy Lester 2
1998 All Over You Lazy Lester 1
1999 Shuffle With Lester Paul Orta & Lazy Lester 1
2001 Blues Stop Knockin' Lazy Lester 1
2011 Rides Again - Expanded Edition Lazy Lester 1
2011 You Better Listen Lazy Lester 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1967 True Blues Lazy Lester 1
1976 They Call Me Lazy: The Legendary Jay Miller Sessions, Volume 7 Lazy Lester 1
1978 Poor Boy Blues: The Legendary Jay Miller Sessions, Volume 16 Lazy Lester 1
1994 I'm a Lover Not a Fighter Lazy Lester 1
1995 I Hear You Knockin'! The Excello Singles Lazy Lester 1

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