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John Lee Hooker

Primary Instrument: Guitar

Born: August 22, 1917 | Died: June 21, 2001    

The Boogie Man

Born near Clarksdale, Mississippi to a sharecropping family, John Lee Hooker's earliest musical influence came from his stepfather, Will Moore. By the early 1940's Hooker had moved north to Detroit by way of Memphis and Cincinnati. Hooker found work as a janitor in the auto factories, and at night, like many other transplants from the rural Delta, he entertained friends and neighbors by playing at “house parties”. He was “discovered” by record storeowner Elmer Barbee who took him to Bernard Besman, who was a producer, record distributor and owner of Sensation Records, Besman leased some of his early Hooker recordings to Modern Records. Among Hooker's first recordings in 1948, “Boogie Chillen” became a number one jukebox hit for Modern and his first million seller. This was soon followed by an even bigger hit with “I'm In The Mood” and other classic recordings including “Crawling Kingsnake” and “Hobo Blues.” Another surge in his career took place with the release of more than 100 songs on Vee Jay Records during the 1950's and 1960's....
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    Blues Is The Healer

    Challenge Jazz
    2005
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    Live at Sugar Hill, Volume 2

    Fantasy Jazz
    2002
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    Live At Newport

    Vanguard Records
    2002
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    I Feel Good

    Challenge Jazz
    2001
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    Portrait

    Challenge Jazz
    2001
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    The Folk Lore Of John Lee Hooker

    Challenge Jazz
    2000
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    Classic John Lee Hooker

    Challenge Jazz
    1999
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