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October 20, 2021

October 20th Featured Artist - John Lee Hooker!

John Lee Hooker

Do we have any blues fans out there today? This week’s featured artist is John Lee Hooker!

John Lee Hooker (August 22, 1912 or 1917 – June 21, 2001) was an American blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist. The son of a sharecropper and Baptist preacher, 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 was the youngest of the 11 children, and his year of birth is disputed. The Hooker children were homeschooled and were permitted to listen only to religious songs; the spirituals sung in church were their earliest exposure to music. In 1921, their parents separated. The next year, their mother married William Moore, a blues singer, who provided John Lee with an introduction to the guitar (and whom he would later credit for his distinctive playing style)

Among his many awards, Hooker was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991. He was a recipient of a 1983 National Heritage Fellowship awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts, which is the United States government's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. He was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000 and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is also inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame.


Two of his songs, "Boogie Chillen" and "Boom Boom", are included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's list of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll. "Boogie Chillen" is also included in the Recording Industry Association of America's list of the "Songs of the Century". In 2007, John Lee Hooker was voted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame. Hooker was ranked 35 in Rolling Stone's 2015 list of 100 greatest guitarists.

Check below for a live performance and tab of his classic song “Boom Boom”!

TAB: https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/tab/john-lee-hooker/boom-boom-tabs-1005459


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