Earl Hooker

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Earl Zebedee Hooker, a cousin of John Lee Hooker, was born on January 15, 1929 and died on April 21, 1970 after a lifelong struggle with tuberculosis. He is best known for his slide guitar playing and for performing with Sonny Boy Williamson II, Junior Wells and John Lee Hooker as well as fronting his own band. He was a pioneer of electric guitar blues, influenced by T-Bone Walker and Robert Nighthawk. His “Blue Guitar”, a popular Chicago area slide-guitar instrumental single, was later overdubbed with vocals by Muddy Waters and became the popular “You Shook Me”.

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