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Video: John Lee Hooker — “Boom Boom”

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John Lee Hooker (1912 – 2001) was an American blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist. The son of a sharecropper, he rose to prominence performing an electric guitar-style adaptation of Delta blues, but later switched to acoustic. Hooker often incorporated other elements, including talking blues and early North Mississippi Hill country blues. He developed his own driving-rhythm boogie style, distinct from the 1930s–1940s piano-derived boogie-woogie. Some of his best known songs include “Boogie Chillen'” (1948), “Crawling King Snake” (1949), “Dimples” (1956), “Boom Boom” (1962), and “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” (1966). Several of his later albums, including The Healer (1989), Mr. Lucky (1991), Chill Out (1995), and Don’t Look Back (1997) were album chart successes in the U.S. and U.K. Additionally, Don’t Look Back won a Grammy Award in 1998.

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This entry was posted on January 26, 2017 by in Music, Opinion Leaders, Poetry and tagged .
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