Hooker, John Lee

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John Lee Hooker (1917-2001) 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. 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.

He also recorded under pseudonymns Texas Slim, Delta John, Birmingham Sam, Johnny Williams, The Boogie Man, and John Lee Booker.

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creatorOf Hooker, John Lee, 1917-2001. John Lee Hooker [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Connor, Anthony, 1946-. Robert Neff and Anthony Connor blues collection : [oral history], 1973-1974 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Heritage Auction Galleries (Dallas, Tex.). Collection on John Lee Hooker (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Collection), 1955-1965 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives
referencedIn Obrecht, Jas. Jas Obrecht Collection, 1978-1994. University of Mississippi
referencedIn Southern Folklife Collection Artist Name File, 1940-2005 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Folklife Collection.
creatorOf Hooker, John Lee, 1917-2001. Boogie Chillun. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Hooker, John Lee, 1917-2001. Boogie Chillun. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Hooker, John Lee, 1917-2001. John Lee Hooker. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
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associatedWith Kahn, Si, 1944- person
associatedWith Obrecht, Jas. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Clarksdale MS US
Memphis TN US
Cincinnati OH US
Los Altos CA US
Detroit MI US
Subject
Blues (Music)
Occupation
Singers
Blues Guitarist
Blues Musician
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Birth 1917-08-22

Death 2001-06-21

Americans

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