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Born: 1917/08/22
Birth Place: Coahoma County, Mississippi, U.S.
Died: 2001/06/21
Years Active: 1948-2001
Genres: Talking Blues, Electric Blues, Delta Blues

John Lee Hooker (August 22, 1917 – June 21, 2001) was a highly influential American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist. Hooker began his life as the son of a sharecropper, William Hooker, and rose to prominence performing his own unique style of what was originally a unique brand of country blues. He developed a “talking blues” style that was his trademark. Though similar to the early Delta blues, his music was metrically free. John Lee Hooker could be said to embody his own unique genre of the blues, often incorporating the boogie-woogie piano style and a driving rhythm into his blues guitar playing and singing. Hooker's recording career began in 1948 when his agent placed a demo, ... Continue Bio >>


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