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John Lee Hooker

John Lee Hooker

United States · Person · 1917–2001
John Lee Hooker ( August 22, 1912<ref name="yob"/> – June 21, 2001) was an American blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist. The son of a sharecropper, he rose to prominence performing an electric guitar-style adaptation of Delta blues. Hooker often incorporated other elements, including talking blues and early North Mississippi Hill country blues. He developed his own driving-rhythm boogie style, distinct from the 1930s–1940s piano-derived boogie-woogie.

Some of his best known songs include "Boogie Chillen'" (1948), "Crawling King Snake" (1949), "Dimples" (1956), "Boom Boom" (1962), and "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" (1966). Several of his later albums, including The Healer (1989), Mr. Lucky (1991), Chill Out (1995), and Don't Look Back (1997), were album chart successes in the U.S. and U.K., and Don't Look Back won a Grammy Award in 1998. Read more »

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John Lee Hooker

Archival blues material, once the tiny domain inhabited by collectors of dusty old 78s in flea markets, garage sales and back pages of specialty publications like Goldmine, is now big business thanks to CDs and the burgeoning DVD market. Eagle...

Billboard Bits: John Lee Hooker, Desert Sessions & More

The estate of bluesman John Lee Hooker has sealed a worldwide licensing deal with Eagle Rock Entertainment for audio and video projects featuring the late singer/guitarist, Billboard Bulletin reports. The first release under the agreement will be...

Billboard Bits: John Lee Hooker, Desert Sessions & More

The estate of bluesman John Lee Hooker has sealed a worldwide licensing deal with Eagle Rock Entertainment for audio and video projects featuring the late singer/guitarist, Billboard Bulletin reports. The first release under the agreement will be...

From Clarksdale to Heaven: Remembering John Lee Hooker

John Lee Hooker passed away June 21, 2001, depriving the blues world of yet another pivotal artist whose influence will persist throughout the 21st century. From Clarksdale to Heaven, a tribute to Hooker, features 13 tracks—12 written by Hooker and...

Hundreds Remember John Lee Hooker

Blues harmonica great Charlie Musselwhite said that when you listened to John Lee Hooker's music you were hearing his heart. Musselwhite joined fellow blues musicians Bonnie Raitt and Buddy Guy yesterday (June 28) to remember Hooker, who died at his...

Discography

Face to Face
2003 Official Album
Don’t Look Back
1997 Official Album
Chill Out
1995 Official Album
Get Back Home in the U.S.A.
1992 Official Album
Mr. Lucky
1991 Official Album
The Boogie Chillen Man
1990 Official Album