John Lee Hooker

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John Lee Hooker was born on August 22, 1917 and died on June 21, 2001. His style, almost a talking blues, was unique, and his songs often changed pitch and tempo during the course of the song. His lyrics were documentary and descriptive, almost poetic. His first success, Boogie Chillen, was in 1948 and Buddy Guy explains in his autobiography what effect the extraordinary recording had on so many musicians.

John Lee Hooker, who lived mainly in Detroit, countered the low income that blues sessions for record companies yielded, by recording for a number of record companies under different names at the same time – often recording the same or similar songs, as well. Hence some Chess labels with “John Lee Booker” credited. His many awards include a Grammy for his 1989 album “The Healer” and a further Grammy lifetime achievement award in 2000.

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