Week 12 - Survivor Blues History

Week 12: "God’s Word"

Originally by J.B. Lenoir

(March 5, 1929 – April 29,1967).



Walter Talks About the Song: 


"Born in Monticello, Mississippi. During the 1940s, Lenoir worked with Sunny Boy Williamson II and Elmore James. He moved to Chicago in 1949 and began recording in 1951. His band included pianist, Sunnyland Slim. He died at age 38 of internal bleeding relating to injuries he had suffered in a car crash which had not been properly treated in a hospital.


Lenoir was a prolific songwriter, also wrote many topical and politically influenced songs. His most well-known song is a blues standard, Talk To Your Daughter. I first learned of Lenoir’s music when I was a member of John Mayall’s band. Mayall cites Lenoir as his favorite blues artist and major influence.


Pained by Lenoir’s early and likely avoidable death, Mayall wrote and recorded two songs about him. I spent many hours in the back of a van listening to and discussing Lenoir’s music with Mayall. Lenoir’s original version of this song was recorded with just him, his guitar, and almost no time signature. The depth of the lyrics and the emotion of his delivery really drew me to this song."


Lenoir's Version:


Our Version:



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