It is taking longer than expected to fetch the next song to play. The music should be playing soon. If you get tired of waiting, you can try reloading your browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.
Your Pandora One subscription will expire shortly.
close
Your Pandora One trial subscription will expire shortly. Upgrade to continue unlimited, ad-free listening.
You've listened to hours of Pandora this month. Consider upgrading to Pandora One.
Close
Hi . Pandora is using Facebook to personalize your experience. Learn MoreNo Thanks
-0:00
0:00
Change Skin

We created Pandora to put the Music Genome Project directly in your hands

It’s a new kind of radio –
stations that play only music you like

 
Create an account for free. Register
Now Playing
Music Feed
My Profile
Create a Station
People who also like this

J. B. Lenoir

Newcomers to his considerable legacy could be forgiven for questioning J.B. Lenoir's gender upon first hearing his rocking waxings. Lenoir's exceptionally high-pitched vocal range is a fooler, but it only adds to the singular appeal of his music. His politically charged "Eisenhower Blues" allegedly caused all sorts of nasty repercussions upon its 1954 emergence on Al Benson's Parrot logo (it was quickly pulled off the shelves and replaced with Lenoir's less controversially titled "Tax Paying Blues").

J.B. (that was his entire legal handle) fell under the spell of Blind Lemon Jefferson as a wee lad, thanks to his guitar-wielding dad. Lightnin' Hopkins and Arthur Crudup were also cited as early influences. Lenoir spent time in New Orleans before arriving in Chicago in the late '40s. Boogie grooves were integral to Lenoir's infectious routine from the get-go, although his first single for Chess in 1951, "Korea Blues," was another slice of topical commentary. From late 1951 to 1953, he waxed several dates for Joe Brown's JOB logo in the company of pianist Sunnyland Slim, drummer Alfred Wallace, and on the romping "The Mojo," saxophonist J.T. Brown.

Lenoir waxed his most enduring piece, the infectious (and often-covered) "Mama Talk to Your Daughter," in 1954 for Al Benson's Parrot label. Lenoir's 1954-1955 Parrot output and 1955-1958 Checker catalog contained a raft of terrific performances, including a humorously defiant "Don't Touch My Head" (detailing his brand-new process hairdo) and "Natural Man." Lenoir's sound was unique: saxes (usually Alex Atkins and Ernest Cotton) wailed in unison behind Lenoir's boogie-driven rhythm guitar as drummer Al Galvin pounded out a rudimentary backbeat everywhere but where it customarily lays. Somehow, it all fit together.

Scattered singles for Shad in 1958 and Vee-Jay two years later kept Lenoir's name in the public eye. His music was growing substantially by the time he hooked up with USA Records in 1963 (witness the 45's billing: J.B. Lenoir & his African Hunch Rhythm). Even more unusual were the two acoustic albums he cut for German blues promoter Horst Lippmann in 1965 and 1966. Alabama Blues! and Down in Mississippi were done in Chicago under Willie Dixon's supervision, Lenoir now free to elaborate on whatever troubled his mind ("Alabama March," "Vietnam Blues," "Shot on James Meredith").

Little did Lenoir know his time was quickly running out. By the time of his 1967 death, the guitarist had moved to downstate Champaign -- and that's where he died, probably as a delayed result of an auto accident he was involved in three weeks prior to his actual death. ~ Bill Dahl, Rovi
full bio

Comments

qrfrth
I still got a million names to load, where is my list?
Wish they would have mentioned the pianist - one of the better ones!

We're sorry, but a browser plugin or firewall may be preventing Pandora from loading.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser.

Please check our Help page for more information.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser
or install a newer version of Flash (v.10 or later).

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please install Adobe Flash (v.10 or later).

[125, 91, 73, 87, 114, 64, 87, 102, 74, 85, 75, 105, 94, 74, 72, 75, 88, 127, 109, 89, 105, 80, 97, 76, 77, 78, 93, 120, 70, 79, 92, 85, 105, 95, 118, 66, 118, 94, 74, 78, 115, 77, 105, 124, 68, 78, 71, 118, 96, 110, 98, 73, 108, 87, 97, 85, 70, 89, 71, 78, 103, 68, 121, 71, 104, 95, 103, 124, 107, 104, 76, 125, 68, 115, 96, 66, 110, 73, 83, 96, 113, 79, 81, 92, 119, 101, 111, 75, 83, 96, 82, 112, 88, 125, 95, 123, 84, 78, 65, 67, 119, 74, 109, 76, 83, 95, 117, 127, 126, 114, 111, 97, 93, 121, 79, 119, 88, 94, 117, 107, 119, 117, 111, 86, 110, 98, 90, 125, 120, 102, 77, 105, 126, 81, 80, 81, 88, 101, 117, 111, 66, 104, 89, 107, 76, 96, 71, 86, 89, 87, 125, 67, 116, 85, 79, 101, 76, 88, 82, 119, 70, 99, 105, 116, 107, 110, 124, 103, 104, 77, 82, 83, 110, 97, 66, 88, 100, 113, 126, 126, 118, 104, 104, 82, 79, 76, 78, 113, 92, 121, 98, 110, 97, 73, 81, 105, 122, 98, 103, 99, 97, 96, 69, 120, 125, 68, 101, 106, 79, 70, 75, 114, 98, 126, 108, 101, 91, 117, 122, 79, 66, 102, 78, 85, 67, 75, 107, 114, 95, 66, 68, 104, 118, 98, 94, 99, 90, 97, 77, 113, 65, 86, 93, 76, 123, 76, 106, 99, 89, 123, 71, 91, 99, 108, 76, 77, 65, 76, 107, 117, 114, 91, 83, 115, 92, 100, 77, 105, 114, 95, 124, 110, 78, 123, 106, 90, 78, 123, 76, 97, 110, 127, 97, 124, 104, 122, 108, 119, 110, 121, 121, 123, 109, 116, 114, 120, 93, 74, 89, 119, 77, 125, 75, 93, 72, 124, 107, 96, 71, 117, 66, 89, 107, 126, 106, 97, 82, 125, 83, 117, 75, 125, 113, 89, 125, 110, 107, 69, 78, 86, 90, 66, 70, 75, 91, 120, 110, 100, 79, 95, 117, 115, 64, 112, 101, 95, 85, 66, 72, 124, 90, 126, 102, 85, 94, 91, 95, 66, 79, 107, 101, 120, 81, 101, 90, 122, 79, 94, 90, 94, 107, 64, 124, 99, 97, 94, 104, 118, 115, 84, 67, 97, 116, 93, 64, 109, 94, 115, 70, 95, 66, 115, 121, 97, 87, 112, 79, 96, 74, 120, 79, 103, 103, 64, 81, 86, 65, 101, 113, 122, 83, 65, 100, 69, 68, 71, 97, 117, 113, 115, 102, 101, 86, 91, 91, 80, 91, 86, 109, 84, 126, 64, 120, 123, 110, 68, 109, 127, 70, 106, 77, 115, 91, 84, 108, 99, 118, 90, 119, 110, 116, 125, 107, 126, 94, 83, 95, 112, 120, 92, 85, 65, 126, 74, 79, 89, 78, 112, 75, 124, 99, 91, 117, 73, 119, 111, 101, 77, 70, 115, 96, 110, 85, 74, 102, 83, 76, 82, 123, 102, 99, 91, 106, 77, 90, 103, 111, 73, 104, 101, 86, 119, 118, 119, 85, 93, 121, 105, 104, 83, 76, 110]