|Tags:||blues chicago blues guitar singer-songwriter|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
5 March 1929, Monticello, Mississippi, USA, d. 29 April 1967, Champaign, Illinois, USA. Christened with initials, Lenoir was taught to play the guitar by his father, Dewitt. Other acknowledged influences were Blind Lemon Jefferson, Arthur Big Boy Crudup and Lightnin Hopkins, with the latters single-string runs and verse tags becoming an integral part of the mature Lenoir style. He relocated to Chicago in 1949, and was befriended by Big Bill Broonzy and Memphis Minnie. Having leased his first recordings to Chess Records in 1952, label owner Joe Brown issued Lenoirs first success, The Mojo Boogie, on JOB Records in 1953. A propulsive dance piece sung in a high, keening tenor, it typified an important element of Lenoirs repertoire. The second main element was exhibited the following year with the release on Parrot Records of Eisenhower Blues, an uncompromising comment upon economic hardship,...