John Lee Hooker

John Lee Hooker

  • 28 Dec 15:06
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Blues icon John Lee Hooker, with a voice that came from deep within, was born just outside Clarksdale, Mississippi. His unusual hypnotic, droning style of guitar playing was allied to an idiosyncratic, sense of rhythm that made it difficult for many musicians to play along. As a result many of Hooker's early singles were solo affairs, such as the seminal Boogie Chillen, a sensational, upbeat spooked blues tune consisting of only his rumbling voice, amplified guitar and echoing foot taps. A prolific writer, he recorded under several pseudonyms including Texas Slim, John Lee, and John Lee Booker for a variety of labels. After recording a string of seminal singles, including Crawling King Snake, Dimples and Boom Boom, through the 40s and early 50s Hooker's star faded. However, by the following decade, a generation of British stars such as The Rolling Stones, and The Yardbirds were citing Hooker as a key influence. His amazing comeback album remains one of the best selling blues albums of all-time. Hooker was a giant of the blues; as important as Muddy Waters and B.B. King, but in his own unique way, different.

Followers: Animals, The Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana, Ry Cooder, Van Morrison, Albert Collins

Influenced By: Robert Lockwood...

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