|Genres:||Blues Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||blues guitar chicago blues delta blues blues rock|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||discography discography discogs VIAF wikidata wikipedia|
Earl Zebedee Hooker, 15 January 1930, Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA, d. 21 April 1970. Hookers interest in music was kindled at an early age. A self-taught guitarist, he began his itinerant career as a teenager, and having toured Americas southern states in the company of Robert Nighthawk, Ike Turner and many others, Earl made his first, rudimentary recordings in 1952. The artist followed a sporadic release schedule throughout the 50s, but by the end of the decade Hooker had settled in Chicago where he began a more consistent output. However, his early work was spread over several of the citys independent outlets, and although undeniably talented, the difficult search for success saw Hooker aping the styles of contemporaries rather than forging one of his own. The guitarist asserted his gifts more fully in the wake of the blues revival and became one of the citys most highly regarded talents. He made a rare UK television appearance on the...