Lester Melrose with some of his blues artists pictured around 1940. From left: Ernest ‘Little Son Joe’ Lawlars, Big Bill Broonzy, Lester Melrose, Roosevelt Sykes, St. Louis Jimmy Oden. Front: Washboard Sam.
Mance Lipscomb (1895-1976) was born in Texas. His father was African-American and had been enslaved. His mother was mixed-race: African-American and Choctaw. He took the name Mance, short for "emancipation." Lipscomb spent his life as a Sharecropper. It wasn't until he was "discovered" and recorded by two white musicologists that he was heralded as a musician. He became an important figure in the folk music revival of the 1960's influencing Dylan and Janis Joplin among others.