J.B. Lenoir

J.B. Lenoir

Real Name:
J.B. Lenoir
American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, active in the Chicago blues scene in the 1950s and 1960s. Born 5-Mar-1929 in Monticello, Mississippi; died 29-Apr-1967 in Champaign, Illinois. He died at the age 38 of internal bleeding (and/or a heart attack) from injuries he had suffered in a car crash three weeks earlier, which had not been properly treated in another hospital in Illinois.

As a young boy, J.B.'s father taught him to play guitar in the style of Blind Lemon Jefferson; he was also taught by Arthur Crudup and Lightnin’ Hopkins. In the 1940s, he started playing in New Orleans with Sonny Boy Williamson and Elmore James. In 1949 he moved to Chicago; he began playing with names like Memphis Minnie, Big Maceo Merriweather and Muddy Waters.

J.B. started making records in the late '50s for the Chicago-based J.O.B label. His most commercially successful and enduring release was 1954's “Mamma Talk To Your Daughter”, which reached #11 on the Billboard R&B chart and was later recorded by many other blues and rock musicians. He was immortalised in John Mayall's songs “The Death of J.B. Lenoir” and I’m Gonna Fight For You JB”. He also features in the 2003 documentary film “The Soul of a Man”, directed by Wim Wenders, part of Martin Scorsese’s The Blues series.
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J.B. Lenoir Discography


J.B. Lenoir Alabama Blues (Album) CBS Germany 1966 Sell This Version
J.B. Lenoir J.B. Lenoir (Album) Polydor, Crusade Records (4) US 1970 Sell This Version
J.B. Lenoir Down In Mississippi (Album) L+R Records Germany 1980 Sell This Version
JSP 1105 J.B. Lenoir & Willie Dixon J.B. Lenoir & Willie Dixon - One Of These Mornings(LP) JSP Records JSP 1105 UK 1986 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

J.B. Lenore* Mamma Talk To Your Daughter / Man Watch Your Woman (Single) Parrot (2) US 1954 Sell This Version
J. B. Lenoir* I'm In Korea / Eisenhower Blues (Single) Parrot (2) US 1954 Sell This Version
J. B. Lenore* Fine Girls / I Lost My Baby (Single) Parrot (2) US 1955 Sell This Version
J.B. Lenoir What About Your Daughter? / 5 Years (Single) Checker US 1957 Sell This Version
856 J.B. Lenoir Don't Touch My Head ! ! ! / I've Been Down So Long(Shellac, 10") Checker 856 US 1957 Sell This Version
J.B. Lenoir Daddy Talk To Your Son / She Don't Know (Single) Checker US 1958 Sell This Version
J. B. Lenoir* Do What I Say / Oh Baby Vee Jay Records US 1960 Sell This Version
J. B. Lenoir* I Sing Um The Way I Feel / I Feel So Good (Single) USA Records (2) US 1963 Sell This Version
J.B. Lenoir Mojo Boogie (Single) Blue Horizon UK 1966 Sell This Version


PLP-25 J. B. Lenoir* J. B. Lenoir(LP, Comp, Mono) Python Records (2) PLP-25 UK 1968 Sell This Version
J.B. Lenoir Natural Man (Comp) Chess US 1970 Sell This Version
J.B. Lenoir J.B. Lenoir (Comp) Chess US 1976 Sell This Version
FLY LP 564, FLY 564 J.B. Lenoir Mojo Boogie - The Tay May Club(LP, Comp) Flyright Records, Flyright Records FLY LP 564, FLY 564 UK 1980 Sell This Version
6.24808 AG J.B. Lenoir Gonna Give You Good Advice(LP, Comp) Chess, TELDEC 6.24808 AG Germany 1982 Sell This Version
PLP-824/825 J.B. Lenoir A Memoir For Lenoir(2xLP, Comp) P-Vine Special, Chess PLP-824/825 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
CHC2-92506, CHC2 9212 J.B. Lenoir J.B. Lenoir(Cass, Comp, RE) Chess, Chess CHC2-92506, CHC2 9212 US 1984 Sell This Version
J.B. Lenoir The Parrot Sessions 1954-5 (Comp, Album) Relic Records US 1988 Sell This Version
6049 J.B. Lenoir Fine Blues(LP, Comp) Official (3) 6049 Denmark 1989 Sell This Version
RTS 33027 J.B. Lenoir J.B. Lenoir(CD, Comp, RM) Roots (6) RTS 33027 Belgium 1990 Sell This Version
PCD-2164 Sunnyland Slim, J.B. Lenoir Sunnyland Slim, J.B. Lenoir - The Mojo Boogie: Original J.O.B./Cobra Recordings(CD, Comp) P-Vine Records PCD-2164 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
J.B. Lenoir J.B. Lenoir (Comp) Roots (6) Belgium 1991 Sell This Version