Lafayette Jerl Thomas


Lafayette Jerl Thomas | Living Blues Magazine/Wirz | tc373

Guitarist Lafayette Jerl Thomas was born on 13 June 1928 in Shreveport, Louisiana into a musical family, and died on 20 May 1977 of a heart attack. The Blues Encyclopaedia notes that he began playing with big bands in the 1940s and because of his on stage acrobatics, he was given the nickname “The Thing”. His first recordings were under the name of L J Thomas and his Louisiana Playboys. He can be heard playing on recordings by Jimmy Wilson, Juke Boy Bonner, Big Mama Thornton and others. He did session work for many labels, especially Prestige where he backed Memphis Slim and others. He continued in music playing in Sugar Pie DeSanto’s band and others until he died.


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