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Earl Hooker

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Earl Hooker (January 15, 1929 – April 21, 1970) was an American blues guitarist.
Born Earl Zebedee Hooker in Clarksdale, Mississippi, his impoverished family moved to Chicago, Illinois when he was still an infant. Influenced by parents and relatives who played music, he was a cousin of John Lee Hooker and began playing guitar as a teenager. An instrumentalist, within a few years Hooker put together a band that toured the United States and made some of his first recordings for Sam Phillips at Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. He eventually became an important part of the Chicago blues scene. Hooker played in the American Folk Blues Festival in England in 1969. Although he never received the public recognition to the same extent as some of his contemporaries, Jimi Hendrix proclaimed Earl Hooker as the “master of the wah-wah” and his talent was greatly respected by other notable musicians such as B.B. King, Ike Turner, Junior Wells, and Buddy Guy. Hooker played slide guitar on the 1962 Muddy Waters recording, “You Shook Me.” He was the only slide player on a Muddy Waters recording besides Muddy himself. Hooker also helped popularized the double-neck guitar.
Earl Hooker died at the age of 41 after a lifelong struggle against tuberculosis, which is alluded to in the title of a 1972 compilation album of his work, “There’s a Fungus Among Us.” He was interred in the Restvale Cemetery in Alsip, Illinois. His story was told in a 2001 book by author Sebastian Danchin titled Earl Hooker, Blues Master.

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  • whitebicycle

    have mercy.

    14 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Druid66

    Gimme more of that slide guitar, please, Mr. Earl.

    20 Sep 2011 Reply
  • barryvs

    Dear God his slide-guitar playing is otherworldly.

    25 Jul 2011 Reply
  • bitelino

    Daddy Cool!

    16 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Mzsticks

    This is my grandaddy....mad me and my 8 siblings neva got a chance to meet him! I play drums and also tryna learn all otha instruments...the rest of my fam all either play an instument and/or sing as well!!!! I need to find the rest of my grandads family so we all can meet!!1

    22 Jan 2011 Reply
  • ahippert

    Heavily Underrated, a complete blues master, a fucking genius!

    14 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Honkmeier

    Great stuff!

    30 Dec 2009 Reply
  • swillber

    Another blues artist who should be much more famous than he is. Rock and Rock & Roll just wouldn't have been what it is without genius talent like this.

    17 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Ton87

    Earl Hooker's cool yeah.

    8 Oct 2008 Reply
  • SYL2Oh

    Earl Hooker is so far the most fabulous modern blues guitarist. From Buddy Guy to Jimi Hendrix, the undisputed master of style "slide" fan before the time of the wah-wah pedal, has influenced the greatest!

    1 Jun 2008 Reply
  • Shinmeiryuougi

    He kind of looks like Chuck Berry! xD Fucking epic bluesman.

    26 Mar 2008 Reply
  • daghka

    cool.

    24 Mar 2007 Reply