Saturday, July 28, 2012


John Mayall

The Death Of J.B. Lenoir by John Mayall on Grooveshark

J.B. Lenoir


The great J.B. Lenoir (pronounced not like I have or Mayall has for decades, but like he himself has said it "la NOR") has a classic driving blues song sung by his good friend John Mayall at the time Lenoir died of a heart attack three weeks after a bad car wreck in Urbana, Illinois. He was 38 years old, just a few years older than the British bluesbreaker Mayall. Today, somehow, John Mayall is 78 years old and still at it. 50 years ago, at the foot of a ferris wheel (why not) a friend and I paged through a teen music magazine (cheesy great stuff then) and we're captivated by this guy (Mayall) who already seemed a very old man in a young man's game. He ran most of them into the ground.