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J.B. Lenoir (aka JB/KB Lenore) was born on March 5, 1929 in Monticello, Mississippi. During the early 40's Lenoir worked with blues artists Sonny Boy Williamson (Alex Miller), and Elmore James at the New York Inn in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1949, Lenoir moved to Chicago and began to perform at local clubs with blues greats Memphis Minnnie, Big Maceo, and Muddy Waters. During the 1950's Lenoir recorded on various labels in the Chicago area such as: Chess, JOB, Parrot, and Checker. During the 1960's, Lenoir toured Europe and performed in 1965 with the American Folk Blues Festival in England.
Lenoir suffered injuries in an auto accident in 1966 and consequently suffered a heart attack, dieing on April 29, 1967 in Urbana, IL. He is buried in Salem Church Cemetery in Monticello, Mississippi.
Some of his recorded songs include: Born Dead, Carrie Lee, Don't Dog Your Woman, Don't Touch My Head, Eisenhower Blues, Feeling Good, Natural Man, Korea Blues, and Vietnam Blues.