Mance Lipscomb was an influential blues singer and guitarist.
Born Beau D. Glen Lipscomb he took the name Mance short for Emancipation. Lipscomb was the son of an Alabama slave.
Lipscomb spent most of his life working as a tenant farmer in Texas and was "discovered" and recorded in 1960 during the revival of country blues. He released six ablums of blues and folk music, singing and accompanying himself on acoustic guitar. He had a fine finger-picking guitar technique.
Despite his fame in the 1960's and early 1970's he died poor in 1976, two years after a severe stroke.