John_Lee_Hooker Massey Hall, Toronto, Aug. 20, 1978 Photo by Jean-Luc Ourlin

John Lee Hooker a Lifelong Bluesman

John Lee Hooker a Life Long Bluesman

John_Lee_Hooker_Massey Hall, Toronto, Aug. 20, 1978 Photo by Jean-Luc Ourlin
Photo by Jean-Luc Ourlin

John Lee Hooker was born on 22 augustus 1917 in Clarksdale Mississippi. In his early teens John Lee moved to Memphis, to start working several jobs. Before John Lee could make money by playing guitar and sing he had several jobs. In Cincinnati he was a janitor. When he moved to Detroit in 1943 he worked for General Motors Ford and some other factories or plants. At the end of the 40s John Lee Hooker made his mark as a musician.

Hooker and Canned Heat
Hooker is maybe the greatest bluesman of all time, a lifelong bluesman, John Lee played the blues over fifty years producing many records. He recorded with several artist like Van Morisson, Canned Heat with whom he recorded Hooker ‘n Heat and Live at the Fox Venice Theatre. During the seventies and eighties he performed with Robert Cray, The Blues Brothers and Carlos Santana.

John Lee Hooker blues with a bit of Boogie: Peavine

Hooker has a steady sound, blues with a bit of Boogie. One of my favourite John Lee Songs is Peavine. A song about the train. I ain’t got no money, boys–I can’t ride the train, But I thought I heard this mornin’ that pea vine when she blow. I ‘m gonna catch my pony, boys, Gonna saddle up my black mare, I’m gonna leave you joggin’, Joggin’ on away from here.

John Lee and Eddie Kirkland

John lee performed through Mississippi and Tennessee with Eddie Kirkland. Kirkland refers. It was just Eddie and Johnny with a foot on the ground that fits to play the drums. They were the biggest bluesband of the south.

Detroit blues, John Lee Hooker

Don Waller wrote a great article in BillBoard. When John Lee Hooker moved to Detroit in 1943 he started working at General motors Ford during that time Hooker played in the apex bar. Bluesman T-bone Walker played during those days in Detroit too. In 1948 Hooker recorded Boogie Chillen while working in a plant. After Boogie Chillen became a hit he quit. It reached number one in the Billboard race records and Jike Box charts in 1949

Nicknames of John Lee Hooker

John Lee Hooker recorded many top 10 hits. He made absolute fame with the unconventional I’m In The Mood in 1951. Hooker Refers in an interview with Billboard for his fifty year jubilee: He recorded for many record labels and under a legion of pseudonyms during the fifties like John lee Booker Delta John, Johnny Williams, Johnny Lee, John Lee Cooker, Texas Slim and The Boogie Man. One of my favourites is Birmingham Sam & his Magic Guitar.

Boom Boom

Another hit of Johnny was made during the Sixties: Boom Boom. The song was covered two years later by the Animals. A great Rhythm song, in some ways comparable with Mannish Boy, but with way more Boogie. John Lee Hooker continued producing Blues music till his death. Even at an older age, he reached great height. He won a several Grammys including one with Bonnie Riatt for a reproduction of I’m In the Mood. John Lee Hooker was a lifelong Bluesman.

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