The legendary John Lee Hooker, born in Mississippi around 1912, rose to prominence performing an electric guitar-style adaptation of the Delta blues. He developed his own driving rhythm-boogie style, and began recording for several labels in the early ‘50s. Beginning in 1962, Hooker gained greater exposure in Europe playing the annual American Folk Blues Festival. After his record “Dimples” charted in the UK singles chart in 1964, he began to perform and record with rock musicians: the Groundhogs, Canned Heat, Steve Miller, Elvin Bishop, Van Morrison, Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Los Lobos and others. .
John Lee Hooker was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991, awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000 and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. .
John Lee Hooker, recording studio, NYC, 1969. Photo By ©Elliott Landy - link to print shop in profile
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