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  John Lee Hooker
"John Lee Hooker is a giant of the blues and the father of the boogie.
Hooker was born on August 22, 1917, to a sharecropping family in Clarksdale, Mississippi.
August 22, 1917: John Lee Hooker was born to a sharecropping family in Clarksdale, Mississippi.
www.rockhall.com /inductee/john-lee-hooker   (483 words)

  
 John Lee Hooker
John Lee Hooker, the greatest of all bluesmen passed away peacefully in his sleep in the morning of June 21, 2001 at his home in the San Francisco Bay area, at the age of 83.
Hooker influenced countless generations of musicians and inspired music fans around the world during his sixty year career.
John Lee Hooker, legendary blues original and undisputed father of the boogie, recorded for dozens of labels over a span of over 50 years.
www.rosebudus.com /hooker   (826 words)

  
  John Lee Hooker
John Lee's contact with music had until 1929, been restricted to the hymns he sang in church, found in Moore not only a stepfather but an inspirational blues teacher who taught John Lee to play acoustic guitar.
John Lee was due to make a long awaited trip to Britain to top the bill at the Bishopstock blues festival, but due to illness had to cancel the month before.
John Lee Hooker blues guitarist died at his home Los Altos surrounded by family and friends of natural causes on Thursday 21st June 2001, he is survived by eight children, 19 grandchildren and many great grandchildren.
www.john-meekings.co.uk /jlhooker.html   (707 words)

  
  Gadfly Online. John Lee Hooker: An Appreciation
John Lee Hooker’s death is tragic not so much for the loss of one of the greatest blues artists, but because there are so few of the original blues masters left.
Hooker lived to be 83 (two months shy of 84), died peacefully at home, and unlike most of his fellow blues artists received recognition, honors, and apparently enough money to have a couple of homes in California and a fleet of expensive cars.
Hooker made hundreds of records for hundreds of labels under all kinds of names, and his greatest records weren’t the ones he was famous for.
www.gadflyonline.com /lastweek/commjhooker.html   (1109 words)

  
 John Lee Hooker - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
John Lee Hooker (August 22, 1917 – June 21, 2001) was an influential American post-war blues singer, guitarist, and songwriter born in Coahoma County near Clarksdale, Mississippi.
Hooker's recording career began in 1948 when a demo tape made by Hooker was placed by his agent with the Bihari brothers on their Modern Records label.
Though Hooker lived in Detroit during most his career, he is not associated with the Chicago-style blues prevalent in large northern cities, as much as he is with the southern rural blues styles, known as delta blues, country blues, folk blues, or "front porch blues".
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/John_Lee_Hooker   (1669 words)

  
 John Lee Hooker   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
It's in tunes like "Tupelo" where Hooker's art approximates that of the African griot, the solo performer who chronicles the history of his village and its families, often accompanied by a kora or other stringed instrument used expressly to amplify the events of his stories.
Actually, by the time Hooker left his native Clarksdale, Mississippi, at age 14, he was developing his own fusion of songwriting and picking -- drawing lyric inspiration from records by Charley Patton and lead-playing notions from the Texas bluesmen recording at the time.
Hooker's most recent album is as flawed as most of his works of the past 15 years.
www.bostonphoenix.com /archive/music/98/01/01/JOHN_LEE_HOOKER.html   (1329 words)

  
 John Lee Hocker Foundation
John Lee Hooker was born in the Mississippi Delta in 1917 or 1920, depending on whom you hear it from.
At age 14, John Lee headed north to escape the crush of the Great Depression and the omnipresence of the religious, who had decreed that blues music was the devil's music.
John Lee Hooker was able to play the blues music that he had learned from his stepfather and build a substantial following among the workers who originated in the rural South.
www.johnleehookerfoundation.org /history.html   (953 words)

  
 John Lee Hooker
John Lee Hooker is one of the original innovators and kings of African American popular music, commonly called the blues.
Hooker was the first great recorded practioner of the electric blues-rock-funk and stream of consciousness boogie.
In October of 1999 "Boogie Man: John Lee Hooker In The American 20th Century," a biography penned by noted author Charles Shaar Murray, was released in England.
www.shs.starkville.k12.ms.us /mswm/MSWritersAndMusicians/musicians/Hooker.html   (1216 words)

  
 John Dote' & Legendary John Lee Hooker |
Above is the photo of the legendary John Lee Hooker and the Theme Drummer, John Dote' at a Marin County sold out event.
John Lee Hooker is one of the original innovators and kings of African American popular music, commonly called the blues.
John Lee Hooker passed away in his sleep in his home in Los Altos, San Francisco Bay Area, California during the night between June 20 and June 21, 2001.
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 John Lee Hocker Foundation
Established in 2001 by the Hooker family, the John Lee Hooker Foundation is an IRS-recognized non-profit organization.
The John Lee Hooker Foundation mission is to: Provide funding and support for music, art and education programs for underprivileged, underrepresented and at-risk youth in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond by continually raising and maintaining funding year-round for distribution to non-profit organizations in need.
The foundation intends to preserve John Lee Hooker’s generous and compassionate spirit and ensure that young people from all walks of life have access to cultural, musical and artistic exposure.
www.johnleehookerfoundation.org   (93 words)

  
 Trail of the Hellhound: John Lee Hooker
Hooker sang in the church choir as a child and, like B.B. King, performed with several gospel groups at church functions.
Hooker later credited his stepfather for teaching him this style, which is more closely associated with Louisiana blues than Mississippi Delta blues.
Hooker continued to enjoy success during the 1960s blues revival, his raw, primal blues striking a responsive chord with a burgeoning white audience.
www.cr.nps.gov /delta/blues/people/johnlee_hooker.htm   (524 words)

  
 CNN.com - Blues pioneer John Lee Hooker dead at 83 - June 22, 2001
Hooker was born in 1917 in Clarksdale, Mississippi, the son of a Baptist minister and sharecropper.
Hooker's music influenced a rising generation of rock and roll players from Van Morrison and the Rolling Stones to Bruce Springsteen and ZZ Top.
Hooker won two more Grammys in 1997, one for traditional blues and another pop duet with Morrison; he received a a lifetime achievement award in 2000.
archives.cnn.com /2001/SHOWBIZ/Music/06/21/hooker.obit   (484 words)

  
 VH1.com : John Lee Hooker : Biography - Urge Music Downloads
Hooker heard Memphis calling while he was still in his teens, but he couldn't gain much of a foothold there.
Hooker became the point man for the growing Detroit blues scene during this incredibly prolific period, recruiting guitarist Eddie Kirkland as his frequent duet partner while still recording for Modern.
Once again, Hooker was resting on his laurels by allowing his guests to wrest much of the spotlight away from him on his own album, but by then, he'd earned it.
www.vh1.com /artists/az/hooker_john_lee/bio.jhtml   (1030 words)

  
 John Lee Hooker - RIP -
It is also an interesting fact that Hooker explored the use of multi-tracking on this number, as he sang all of the background vocals, recording his voice three times and overdubbing one atop the other.
She spent several years with John Lee in California, but the marriage was apparently not meant to be.
John Lee once told his biographer, Charles Shaar Murray, "When I die, they'll bury the Blues with me. But, the Blues will never die." As long as we have the recordings of John Lee Hooker and the memories of his live performances, the Blues and John Lee Hooker will live on forever.
www.cascadeblues.org /History/JohnLeeHooker.htm   (2897 words)

  
 John Lee Hooker Page in Fuller Up, The Dead Musician Directory
John Lee Hooker, the bluesman whose stark, one-chord boogies were some of the feistiest and most desolate songs of the 20th century, died yesterday in his sleep at his home in Los Altos, Calif., said his agent, Mike Kappus.
Hooker was discovered by collegiate crowds during the blues revival, and switched in the early 1960's to the solo acoustic guitar format that pleased the folkies.
John Lee's power and influence in the world of Rock, R and B, Jazz and Blues are a legacy that will never die.
elvispelvis.com /johnleehooker.htm   (3437 words)

  
 John Lee Hooker, Jr::::Intrepid Artists International, Inc
"John Lee Hooker Jr., the son of a 20th Century blues legend, stands at the crossroads of a new era for blues with a confidence and mastery that will only intensify an already superlative family tradition.
Regardless that his father was the legendary blues pioneer, John Lee Hooker, he knew at that moment, he wanted to be a world-class musician.
John Lee Hooker, Jr continues his acclaimed world tour while getting a cover from The Polish Blues Magazine.
www.intrepidartists.com /johnleehookerjr.html   (791 words)

  
 John Lee Hooker
But whilst it is true that ninety percent of the blues recorded from the fifties onward have a recognisable twelve bar framework, it would be a mistake to understand that the twelve bar form, in itself, is the fundamental prerequisite of blues.
John Lee Hooker early songs are frequently ‘meditations’ over a static chord root, and ‘Boogie Chillun’ is exactly that, yet at the same time, it is most certainly blues.
Hooker achieves a kind of one-man-band version of the traditional West African drum ensemble by using his guitar as a multi voiced percussion instrument, his foot (typically with bottle tops loosely fixed to it as a rattle) and his voice.
www.patrickdailly.f9.co.uk /HOOKER.htm   (1817 words)

  
 mvyradio celebrates Black History Month
John Lee Hooker, born in 1915, was raised in the very heart of the Mississippi Delta.
Hooker's earliest musical experience was with spirituals, and the leap to blues was a natural one that came soon thereafter.
In February of 2000 John Lee received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Recording Sciences (The Grammys).
www.mvyradio.com /features/black_history_month/john_lee_hooker.php   (332 words)

  
 John Lee Hooker - Boogie Chillen' - Audio Fidelity Records - SACD
A style of music evolved from southern African-American secular songs and usually distinguished by a syncopated 4/4 rhythm, flatted thirds and sevenths, a 12-bar structure, and lyrics in a three-line stanza in which the second line repeats the first: “The blues is an expression of anger against shame and humiliation” (John Lee Hooker).
Although John Lee Hooker’s music has been duplicated over the years, one could never duplicate the originator’s masterful craft of telling a story and singing with such enigmatic tone.
John Lee has to be looking down on us and smiling knowing that’s exactly how he wanted to his blues to be heard and appreciated.
www.musictap.net /Reviews/HookerJohnLeeBoogieChillenSACD.html   (629 words)

  
 Metroactive Music | John Lee Hooker
This afternoon, Hooker is clad in a well-tailored fl suit with bright red shirt, and when he smiles, which is frequently, one sees more gums than teeth.
Throughout the '50s, Hooker made records and toured mostly to fl audiences, but by the late '50s, the blues were gaining popularity with white audiences, coasting on the coattails of the folk revival.
Hooker was huge in London, where he was wildly embraced by--among others--young rock musicians who covered his songs.
www.metroactive.com /papers/metro/10.29.98/johnleehooker-9843.html   (1225 words)

  
 Bluesman John Lee Hooker dies at 83   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Hooker died of natural causes as he slept at his home in Los Altos, south of San Francisco, said his agent, Mike Kappus.
Hooker fought back by recording with rival producers under a slew of different names: Texas Slim, John Lee Booker, John Lee Cocker, Delta John, Birmingham Sam and the Boogie Man, among others.
Hooker's popularity grew steadily as he rode the wave of rock in the '50s into the folk boom of the '60s.
www.usatoday.com /news/nation/2001-06-21-john-lee-hooker.htm   (724 words)

  
 John Lee Hooker
SAN FRANCISCO - He was a legend, a master of the blues, financially secure, artistically alive and a kind, happy man. Bluesman John Lee Hooker, whose foot stompin' and gravelly voice on songs like ``Boom Boom'' and ``Boogie Chillen'' electrified audiences and inspired generations of musicians, died Thursday at 83.
Born in Clarksdale, Miss., in 1917, Hooker was one of 11 children born to a Baptist minister and sharecropper who discouraged his son's musical bent.
Hooker hit the road to perform by the age of 14.
www.bigroadblues.com /features/hooker.shtml   (887 words)

  
 Official Ticketmaster site. John Lee Hooker tickets, concerts and tour dates
Hooker heard Memphis calling while he was still in his teens, but he couldn't gain much of a foothold there.
Hooker became the point man for the growing Detroit blues scene during this incredibly prolific period, recruiting guitarist Eddie Kirkland as his frequent duet partner while still recording for Modern.
Once again, Hooker was resting on his laurels by allowing his guests to wrest much of the spotlight away from him on his own album, but by then, he'd earned it.
www.ticketmaster.com /artist/731735?brand=none   (1264 words)

  
 BBC News | MUSIC | Blues legend Hooker dies   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
One of the most influential blues musicians of the 20th Century, guitarist, John Lee Hooker, has died in his sleep in California.
One of 11 children of a Mississippi farm worker, John Lee Hooker was taught the guitar by his stepfather, and ran away from home at 14 to play and sing in Memphis and Detroit.
While it had been decades since Hooker had written a new song, it seemed like every decade younger musicians were recording his music, he said.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/entertainment/music/1401666.stm   (439 words)

  
 John Lee Hooker - The World´s Greatest Blues Singer
John Lee´s mother was Minnie Ramsey (born in Glendora, Miss 1875 or possibly 1880), married to his father (sharecropper and spare-time preacher) William (indexed Wildred) Hooker, who was born in North Carolina around 1871 (or possibly 1865).
Hooker was also influenced by Tommy McClennan and much of Hooker´s greatness may be due to his natural youth mix of gospel and blues.
Hooker was contracted to Art Rupe's Specialty Records in early 1954 (only one single was issued), but the Modern recordings continued for a while later, and the last Modern recordings were made early 1955 (or possibly late 1954).
web.telia.com /~u19104970/johnnielee.html   (4600 words)

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