J.B. Lenoir (aka JB/KB Lenore) was born on March 5, 1929 in Monticello, Mississippi. In the 1940’s he worked with Sonny Boy Williamson, and Elmore James at the New York Inn in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1949 moving to Chicago he performed at local clubs with blues greats ‘Memphis Minnnie’, Big Maceo, and Muddy Waters.
1965 he toured UK/Europe with the American Folk Blues Festival. But a car accident in 1966 put an end to his blues career – April 29, 1967 he died in Urbana, IL and was buried in Salem Church Cemetery in Monticello, Mississippi. John Mayall wrote a song about how much he was affected by JB’s death, a kind and honourable man looking and acting a lot like Dr Martin Luther King.
J.B. Did a stack of great blues recordings and ‘Mamma Talk To Your Daughter’ and ‘I Sing Um The Way I Feel’ were big hits at Manchester‘s original Twisted Wheel. Sometimes played in the later 1960’s both at the ‘New’ Wheel and the Blue Note Club. Although he sang the blues, there was a definite African flavour to the rhythms he played – quite unique.
A Swedish couple filmed him in his home in 1965 and this can be seen on the DVD –