J.B. LENOIR – The Topical Bluesman "From Korea To Vietnam" 1992

J.B. LENOIR – The Topical Bluesman “From Korea To Vietnam” 1992
Recording: 1951-65

Blues

Lenoir’s guitar-playing father introduced him to the music of Blind Lemon Jefferson, whose music became a major influence.During the early 1940s, Lenoir worked with blues artists Sonny Boy Williamson II and Elmore James in New Orleans.Lenoir would eventually find musical influence in Arthur Crudup and Lightnin’ Hopkins.
In 1949, he moved to Chicago and Big Bill Broonzy helped introduce him to the local blues community. He began to perform at local nightclubs with musicians such as Memphis Minnie, Big Maceo Merriweather, and Muddy Waters, and became an important part of the city’s blues scene.[2][3] He began recording in late 1950s for the J.O.B. label. His recording of “Korea Blues” was licensed to and released by Chess, as having been performed by ‘J. B. and his Bayou Boys’.His band included pianist Sunnyland Slim, guitarist Leroy Foster, and drummer Alfred Wallace.
During the 1950s Lenoir recorded on various record labels in the Chicago area including J.O.B., Chess, Parrot, and Checker. His more successful songs included “Let’s Roll”, “The Mojo” featuring saxophonist J. T. Brown, and the controversial “Eisenhower Blues” which his record company, Parrot, forced him to re-record as “Tax Paying Blues.”
Lenoir was known in the 1950s for his showmanship – in particular his zebra-patterned costumes – and his high-pitched vocals. He became an influential electric guitarist and songwriter, and his penchant for social commentary distinguished him from many other bluesmen of the time.[1] His most commercially successful and enduring release was “Mamma Talk To Your Daughter”, recorded for Parrot in 1954 which reached #11 on the Billboard R&B chart and was later recorded by many other blues and rock musicians. In the later 1950s (recording on the Checker label), he wrote several more blues standards including; “Don’t Dog Your Woman”, and “Don’t Touch My Head”.
In 1963, Lenoir recorded for USA Records as ‘J. B. Lenoir and his African Hunch Rhythm’, developing an interest in African percussion. However, he struggled to work as a professional musician and for a time took menial jobs, including working in the kitchen at the University of Illinois in Champaign.[citation needed] Lenoir was rediscovered by Willie Dixon, who recorded him with drummer Fred Below on the albums Alabama Blues and Down In Mississippi (inspired by the Civil Rights and Free Speech movements). Lenoir toured Europe, and performed in 1965 with the American Folk Blues Festival in the United Kingdom.

Lenoir’s work at this time had a direct political content relating to racism and the Vietnam War.
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Mamma, mamma please talk to your daughter for me
Mamma, mamma please talk to your daughter for me
She done made me love her and I ain’t gonna leave her be

I lay down last night and she called me in my dreams
I lay down last night and she called me in my dreams
I begin to wonder, what does she want with me?

My mamma told me, love will call again
My mamma told me, love will call again
I’m in love with you baby and I just can’t help myself

Mamma talk to your daughter.
Mamma talk to your daughter.
Mamma talk to your daughter.
Mamma talk to your daughter.
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She done made me love her and I ain’t gonna leave her be

Mamma talk to your daughter.
Mamma talk to your daughter.
Mamma talk to your daughter.
Mamma talk to your daughter.
She done made me love her and I ain’t gonna leave her be

That girl I like the way she walk,
that girl I like the way she talk
That girl I like the things she do,
I’m telling you baby, I’m watching you.
You better watch yourself baby,
I’ve got my eye on you.

Mamma talk to your daughter.
Mamma talk to your daughter.
Mamma talk to your daughter.
Mamma talk to your daughter.
She done made me love her and I ain’t gonna leave her be
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01. Natural Man   2:34
02. When I’m Drinking   2:38
03. Back Door   2:17
04. Louella   2:34
05. Mojo Boogie   2:44
06. Low Down Dirty Shame   2:27
07. I Don’t Care What Nobody Say   3:20
08. Move to Kansas City   0:26
09. I Been Down So Long   2:38
10. Man Watch Your Woman   3:03
11. Mama Talk to Your Daughter   2:25
12. Alabama Blues   3:01
13. Eisenhower Blues   2:51
14. I’m in Korea   3:09
15. Carrie Lee   2:41
16. Korea Blues   2:50
17. Sitting Down Thinking   2:57
18. Let’s Roll   2:36
19. J.B.’s Rock   2:26
20. I’ll Die Trying   3:12
21. How Much More   2:56
22. Don’t Touch My Head   2:18
23. Voodoo Boogie   2:01
24. Everybody Crying About Vietnam   4:49
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