b. William Lucas, 29 May 1918, Wynne, Arkansas, USA. Bill Lucas’ first instrument was a guitar, financed by selling a pig, but he really wanted a piano. Living on a farm with five siblings it seemed like a dream when his father actually bought him one in 1932. However, when the family moved to Cape Girardeau, Missouri, the piano was left behind. Lazy Bill had no real contact with the blues until he met Big Joe Williams in St. Louis in 1940. Converted, he moved to Chicago in 1941 and turned back to the piano after playing guitar in support of many of the famous artists of the day. He was one of Little Hudson’s Red Devils and recorded with his own Blue Rhythms for the Chance label in 1954. Experiencing difficulties due, in part, to the nervous condition that had rendered him virtually blind since childhood, he moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1964 where he continued to play, appearing at festivals and recording for his own Lazy label in 1970 and later for the Philo label.
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