Mance Lipscomb


Mance Lipscomb (April 9, 1895 – January 30, 1976) was an American blues singer, guitarist and songster.

As a youth he took the name Mance (short for emancipation) from a friend of his oldest brother, Charlie. ==Biography== Lipscomb was born April 9, 1895.


He had started playing guitar at an early age and became an accomplished musician. He was discovered and recorded by Mack McCormick and Chris Strachwitz in 1960, during a revival of interest in the country blues.

Until around 1960, most of his musical activity took place within what he called his "precinct", the area around Navasota. Following his discovery by McCormick and Strachwitz, Lipscomb became an important figure in the American folk music revival of the 1960s.


Lipscomb performed songs in a wide range of genres, from old songs such as "Sugar Babe" (the first he ever learned), to pop numbers like "Shine On, Harvest Moon" and "It's a Long Way to Tipperary". In 1961 he recorded the album Trouble in Mind, released by Reprise Records.


In May 1963, he appeared at the first Monterey Folk Festival, (which later became the Monterey Pop Festival) alongside other folk artists such as Bob Dylan, and Peter, Paul and Mary in California. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Lipscomb did not record in the early blues era.


He was the subject of a short 1971 documentary film by Les Blank, called A Well Spent Life. He began playing the guitar at an early age and played regularly for years at local gatherings, mostly what he called "Saturday night suppers" hosted by someone in the area.


Mance Lipscomb (April 9, 1895 – January 30, 1976) was an American blues singer, guitarist and songster.

He was a regular performer at folk festivals and folk-blues clubs around the United States, notably the Ash Grove in Los Angeles, California. He died in Navasota, Texas, in 1976, two years after suffering a stroke.


Released on videotape in 1979.


On August 12, 2011, a bronze sculpture of him was unveiled in Mance Lipscomb Park in Navasota.

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