For many, growing up in someone else's shadow is daunting, particularly when that someone is a looming legendary figure known world-wide. Eclipsed by that someone, you may constantly hear comparisons drawn as you try to establish yourself and your career.
This is not the case for John Lee Hooker, Jr. Born the son of Blues great John Lee Hooker, he acknowledges the significant contribution his father made to music, and knows he was never overshadowed by his father. Rather he was born to and carries on a legacy that's both broad and wide.
Born in the Motor City, John Lee Hooker Jr has Delta blues blood running through his Motor City veins. Born to this legendary bluesman, he grew up knowing that he was destined with this heritage. This he demonstrated as early as eight years of age, when Jr. performed on Detroit's WJBK radio, and by the time he was sixteen had played on the stage of such prestigious venues as Detroit's Fox Theater alongside other legendary blues greats such as Jimmy Reed. By the time he was eighteen, he would join his father to play on Hooker's Senior's album Live at Soledad Prison (ABC Records).
Unfortunately, while living the life of a bluesman he succumbed to the demons that surround it, derailing his musical career for many, many years. Drugs, alcohol, divorce, incarceration, and death nearly brought his once promising career to a screeching halt, but it was living the blues and his faith in the Almighty that resurrected Jr