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John Lee Hooker

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Coahoma County, Mississippi (1917 – 2001)

John Lee Hooker (Coahoma County, Mississippi, August 22, 1917 – Los Altos, California, June 21, 2001) was a highly influential American blues singer, guitarist and songwriter.

John Lee Hooker could be said to embody his own unique genre of the , often incorporating the piano style and a driving rhythm into his masterful and idiosyncratic blues guitar and singing. His best known songs include “Boogie Chillen” (1948) and “Boom Boom” (1962).

There is some debate as to the year of John Lee Hooker’s birth, 1915, 1917, 1920, and 1923 have all been cited, 1917 (the date on his grave marker in Oakland, California) is the one most commonly cited although Hooker himself claimed, at times, 1920.

Hooker was the youngest of the eleven children of William Hooker (1871–1923), a sharecropper and a Baptist preacher, and Minnie Ramsey (1875–?).
Hooker and his siblings were home-schooled. They were permitted to listen only to religious songs, with his earliest musical exposure being the spirituals sung in church.
In 1921, his parents separated. The next year, his mother married William Moore, a blues singer who provided John’s first introduction to the guitar (and whom John would later credit for his distinctive playing style). The year after that (1923), John’s natural father died; and at age 15, John ran away from home, never to see his mother and stepfather again.

He was a cousin of Earl Hooker,

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  • racingulcers

    come see and give me a lisen

    14 May 3:08am Reply
  • no_such_thing

    I highly recommend Hooker and the Hogs [1965]

    2 May 9:15am Reply
  • AndrewakaDragon

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGhFJYliMwU NPR Desk Submission. :) Like and Share please. :)

    6 Feb 8:19am Reply
  • MisterJunior

    I highly recommend Jack O'Diamonds: The 1949 Recordings to all JLH/blues fans. It features a young JLH playing solo in somebody's living room for a small audience. A miraculous archival collection with a one of a kind atmosphere and some songs we don't often associate with Hooker.

    23 Nov 2014 Reply
  • BIGTASTE777

    come see and give me a lisen , http://www.reverbnation.com/bigtaste4 also john is the man

    20 Nov 2014 Reply
  • jesuiscronopia

    Aquí si que hay blues.

    12 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Radioakhar

    Bang Bang Bang Bang

    17 Jun 2014 Reply
  • PP667

    great!

    26 Apr 2014 Reply
  • tati_bg

    Ele é O cara do Blues!

    13 Apr 2014 Reply
  • DJBRATAN

    Wooooou!

    5 Apr 2014 Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    Classic !

    25 Mar 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    классик блюза, последние пару дней переслушиваю заглавную темку из его альбома конца 80-х, с сантаной которая :)

    27 Feb 2014 Reply
  • LOVES-DESIRE

    I've just started listening to John Lee Hooker a day or two ago and ..... I have not stopped listening to him, he is one of the many great Blues Artists ..... There has not been a track that I have not enjoyed ..... Boogie Chillin is off the chain and many others .... John Lee Hooker one of the Legend of Blues Artists ....

    29 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Songs_of_Myself

    Let that boy boogie woogie ... it's in him and got to come out!

    20 Nov 2013 Reply
  • MonawkaAdjika

    oteczjbki очень рада за вас!

    3 Nov 2013 Reply
  • oteczjbki

    БЕСКОНЕЧНО БЛАГОДАРЕН ЭТОМУ САЙТУ ЗА ПОДАРЕННУЮ МНЕ ЛЮБИМУЮ МУЗЫКУ! ТОЛЬКО ЧТО ЗАРЕГИСТРИРОВАЛСЯ И СЛУШАЮ...С МОИМ УДОВОЛЬСТВИЕМ!НЕШТЯК!!!

    27 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Parisblues

    ca sent les profits de Shorties par ici . les recuperations de soit disant invit qui vont avec les profits sur le dos de qui et a qui cela profite ? on le donne en mille. (quant a toi grosseteste tu dois pas avoir grand chose dedans on a moins besoin de doc que toi ) la brit recup tu peux pas comprendre ? pas etonnant avec ce que tu ecoutes.

    2 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Grosseteste

    Ils sont fous ces Parisiens!

    28 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Parisblues

    how can you take my life ? je ne suis pas dupe des recuperations faites par certains brit d'un soit-disant blues autour de "sent to be the blues" a la facons de s'afficher facon les Groundhogs avec untel de sortes de "sent to be the blues" JL Hooker vous avez derobe mon argent et je le recupererai de vous . inviter ma famille ? n'y comptez pas auquel cas je vous envoies dans un autre monde. cf. Joe Turner- " Box car shorty" transcription (1st essay) in the Journal suite en cours. Cousin Joe - Box car Shorty and Peter Blue http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTTdQjVPCqw (...) Shorty How can you take my life ? (...) touched my family now Joe's pounce any moment now ? still sending you in another world guys . one thing you can do meanwhile is listening bob dylan " up to me" now guess it's up to me sending you in another world brit shorties.

    17 Jul 2013 Reply
  • beeeeeeeps

    !!!!

    9 Jul 2013 Reply
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