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Leslie Johnson, 20 June 1933 (or 1923), Torras, Louisiana, USA. Blues harmonica player and vocalist Lazy Lester recorded numerous singles for Excello Records in the late 50s and early 60s. Forming his first band in 1952, the musicians first significant job was as a sideman for bluesman Lightnin Slim. Owing to his slow-moving, laid-back approach, Johnson received his performing name during this period from record producer Jay Miller, who was known for his swamp pop sound. Miller recorded Lester and placed him with the Nashville-based Excello in 1958. Lesters first solo single was Go Ahead (1956), and his first local hit was Sugar Coated Love/Im A Lover Not A Fighter. The latter was covered in the UK by the Kinks. Lester continued to record as a leader until 1965. He also played harmonica for such artists as the blues-rock guitarist Johnny Winter (an early recording in 1961) and Lonesome Sundown....