John Lee Hooker, guitarist
Guitarist

John Lee Hooker

August 22, 1917, Clarksdale, MS ~ June 21, 2001, Los Altos, CA

Through it all, Hooker's music remained hypnotic and unchanged - his rich and sonorous voice, full of ancient hurt, coupled with a brooding, rhythmic guitar. He sang of loneliness and confusion. His music was raw, primal, emotion. “There are no superlatives to describe the profound impact John Lee left in our hearts,” musician Carlos Santana said. “When I was a child he was the first circus I wanted to run away with.” ~ The Seattle Times: John Lee Hooker Obituary ~ June 22, 2001 © The Seattle Times/Associated Press

A genuine blues superstar whose droning, hypnotic one-chord grooves were at once both ultra-primitive and timeless. ~ Allmusic: John Lee Hooker ~ retrieved August 12, 2013 © Allmusic

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Hooker's music stayed close to its Mississippi Delta roots. Usually playing an electric guitar with a menacing hint of distortion, he picked barbed, syncopated guitar riffs that went on to become cornerstones of rock. Electrified for tough urban crowds, they harked back to the rural South and to West Africa. “I don't play a lot of fancy guitar,” he once told an interviewer. “The kind of guitar I want to play is mean, mean, mean licks.” And with his deep, implacable voice, he sang of lust and loneliness, rage and despair in songs so bleak that they sometimes made him cry behind his dark glasses. ~ New York Times: John Lee Hooker Obituary ~ June 22, 2001 © New York Times

John Lee Hooker ~ Awarded a 2000 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 1995 two songs by John Lee Hooker made it to the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll ~ Boogie Chillun' ~ Boom Boom



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