JOHN LEE HOOKER 1917 - 2001

Blues singer and guitarist John Lee Hooker was one of the most distinguished figures in blues and was a great influence on bands such as The Rolling Stones.

 

John Lee Hooker was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi on August 22, 1917. As a blues singer and guitarist, he began his career in Detroit in 1948 with the release of Boogie Chillun, the biggest of his several hit records. He toured continually, and among "deep blues" artists enjoyed an unusually successful career, appearing in concerts and on recordings with many of the leading figures in rock.

 

Musician. Born in Clarksdale, Mississippi on August 22, 1917 to a family of sharecroppers. He learned how to play guitar from his stepfather and had a great interest in gospel music. He developed into on the most distinguished figures in blues and was a great influence on bands such as The Rolling Stones.

 

As a blues singer and guitarist, John Lee Hooker began his career in Detroit in 1948 with the release of "Boogie Chillun," the biggest of his several hit records and a staple of both the blues and rock repertoires. He toured continually, and among "deep blues" artists enjoyed an unusually successful career, appearing in concerts and on recordings with many of the leading figures in rock. He also appeared in the films The Blues Brothers (1980) and The Color Purple (1985).

 

John Lee Hooker recorded over 100 albums including The Healer (1989), which also features collaborations with Bonnie Raitt and Carlos Santana; the Grammy Award-winning Don't Look Back (1997); and The Best of Friends (1998).

Hooker was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 1991. He died on June 21, 2001 in Los Altos, California.

"Boom Boom" is a song written by American blues singer/guitarist John Lee Hooker and recorded in 1961. Although a blues song, music critic Charles Shaar Murray calls it "the greatest pop song he ever wrote".[1] "Boom Boom" was both an American R&B and pop chart success in 1962 as well as placing in the UK Singles Chart in 1992.

The song is one of Hooker's most identifiable and enduring[2] and "among the tunes that every band on the [early 1960s UK] R&B circuit simply had to play".[3] It has been recorded by numerous blues and other artists, including a 1965 North American hit by the Animals, and a version by Big Head Todd and the Monsters is used as the opening theme for the television series NCIS: New Orleans.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boom_Boom_(John_Lee_Hooker_song)

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