Song of the Day: Earl Hooker – Off The Hook 1969

Earl Hooker – Off The Hook 1969

He is one of the great Chicago Blues slide Guitarist and you can easily compare his virtuosity to Elmore James and Hound Dog Taylor. His surname reminds you of that other great bluesman John Lee, but Earl Hooker was an unique figure in the blues. His talent is perfectly recorded in the video Off the Hook from a 1969 performance.

Records for multiple Labels

During his career Earl Hooker recorded for Cuca, Chief/Profile/Age, Arhoolie and Bluesway records. He collaborated with almost every great bluesman around, including Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, BB King and John Lee Hooker.

“Thank the hell outta’ ya”

In this video Earl walks on the stage and spreaks the cool words “Thank the hell outta’ ya”, in the next few seconds Hooker, extremely relaxed kicks of with a solid sounding blues guitar riff. The next few minutes you experience some of the finest guitar virtuosity.

Earl Hooker – Earl’s Boogie

Earl’s Boogie was recorded during the same session and is like “Off the Hook” a fine sounding rock blues.

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