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Showing posts with label John Lee Hooker. Show all posts
Showing posts with label John Lee Hooker. Show all posts

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Hobo Blues - John Lee Hooker - Ry Cooder

First let me say (if yuo already haven't figured it out) am not at all into super matchups and 15 great guitars and every celebrity all playing at once. In fact, I hate it! This is a real nice opportunity to see John Lee playing in his own pure form without someone stepping all over him. I love the work of Ry Cooder and he just stays out of JLH's way and lets him perform.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Serves Me Right To Suffer - John Lee Hooker

The real deal... not a modern gotta watch this!! This is the real Hooker!!

John Lee Hooker (August 22, 1917 – June 21, 2001) was an American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist, born near Clarksdale, Mississippi. Hooker began his life as the son of a sharecropper, William Hooker, and rose to prominence performing his own unique style of what was originally closest to Delta blues. He developed a 'talking blues' style that was his trademark. Though similar to the early Delta blues, his music was metrically free. John Lee Hooker could be said to embody his own unique genre of the blues, often incorporating the boogie-woogie piano style and a driving rhythm into his masterful and idiosyncratic blues guitar and singing. His best known songs include "Boogie Chillen'" (1948), "I'm in the Mood" (1951) and "Boom Boom" (1962), the first two reaching R&B #1 in the Billboard charts.

Hooker's life experiences were chronicled by several scholars and often read like a classic case study in the racism of the music industry, although he eventually rose to prominence with memorable songs and influence on a generation of musicians.
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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Sunday, May 15, 2011

It't My Own Falut

This is the real deal... Such a great artist!

Born near Clarksdale, Mississippi in 1917 to a sharecropper family, John Lee Hooker was one of the last links to the blues of the deep South. He moved to Detroit in the early 1940's and by 1948 had scored his first number-one jukebox hit and million-seller, "Boogie Chillun." Other hits soon followed, "I'm In The Mood," "Crawling Kingsnake," and "Boom Boom" among the biggest. During the 1950s and '60s, Vee Jay Records released a remarkable string of more than 100 of John Lee's songs.
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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Boom Boom

John Lee Hooker... a blues players blues player.
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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Hobo Blues Updated

This is one of the few updated versions of John Lee Hooker that pays respect to his real person. It is performed with Ry Cooder. Must I say more!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Hobo Blues - John Lee Hooker

This is the great John Lee Hooker. Hooker has always been one of my favorite blues singers and guitar players. The main reason is because he sings it with no polish and no pretense. If you watch him try to play with a band, they try to squeeze him into 8 bars or 12 bars. John Lee plays to his own time. The band always has to adapt to his shortening of the "traditional" phasing. His voice is humble and cutting and honest. It's refreshing. It's a shame that he had to be put with so many current day blues players to get his due. I'm glad that he did. But people who saw only that or heard only that style of Hooker, never understood where he was coming from. This is the real deal.


Oh the way... don't have to have a fancy guitar to play the blues...looks like a Kay copy he's got there just adding to his persona. He's posing with a Les Paul in the photo... but I really only saw him with thin hollow body guitars.
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