Mance Lipscomb

Vocals, Guitar

Birth Name:  Beau De Glen/Bodyglin Lipscomb

Date of Birth:  April 9, 1895    Navasota, TX

Date of Death:  January 30, 1976    Navasota, TX

Place of Burial: Rest Haven/Oakland Cemetery

                        801 Sixth Street at Blackshear Street

                        Navasota, TX 77868

Has  Marker:  Yes

Grave Location:  30° 22' 53" N / 96° 5' 52" W


Texas Songster, Arhoolie Records (CD 306; formerly titled Texas Sharecropper And Songster)

Trouble In Mind (American Folk Song Traditionalist), Reprise Records (R-2012)

Texas Songster Volume 2: You Got To Reap What You Sow, Arhoolie Records (CD398)

Volume 3: Texas Songster In A Live Performance, Arhoolie Records (F 1026)

Volume 4, Arhoolie Records (F 1033)

Volume 5: Texas Country Blues, Arhoolie Records (CD 9026)

Volume 6, Arhoolie Records (1069)

You'll Never Find Another Man Like Mance, Arhoolie Records (1077)


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Mance Lipscomb statue in Mance Lipscomb Park, Navasota, TX. Sculpture by Sid Henderson.

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