22 August 1917, Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA, d. 21 June 2001, Los Altos, California, USA. Dates vary between 1917 to 1920, but owing to the age of Hookers mother when he was born, 1917 is the most likely. He was born into a large family, of between 10 and 12 siblings, who all worked on the fields of a large tenanted agricultural farm. Hookers first musical experiences, like those of so many other blues singers, were in church. A contrivance made from an inner tube attached to a barn door represented his first makeshift attempts at playing an instrument, but he subsequently learned some guitar from his stepfather William Moore, and they played together at local dances. At the age of 14, he ran away to Memphis, Tennessee, where he met and played with Robert Lockwood. Two years later he moved to Cincinnati, where he stayed for about 10 years and sang with a number of gospel quartets. In 1943, he moved to Detroit, which was to be his home for many years,...
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As the "King Of Endless Boogie," John Lee Hooker has left his indelible mark on Blues for over fifty years. Hooker is one of the last living links to the pre-war Blues tradition. This Mississippi-born singer-guitarist ventured to Detroit in 1943 and honed his craft by playing in countless Blues clubs and recording on many records labels before finding a home at Vee-Jay in 1955. Hooker received three Grammy Awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award, and was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.
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