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FILE -- Lazy Lester performs at the Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans, April 29, 2008. Lester, a singer, guitarist and harmonica player who became a swamp blues luminary on the influential label Excello Records in the 1950s and ‘60s, died on Aug. 22, 2018, at the age of 85. (Lee Celano/The New York Times)