Long John Hunter Band

Genres: Blues
Decades: 1990s 2000s


John Thurman Hunter, 13 July 1931, Ringold, Louisiana, USA. The son of a sharecropper, ‘Long’ John Hunter was raised on a farm in Magnolia, Arkansas. Until his mid-20s, he heard little else but country music, only hearing blues after moving to Beaumont, Texas, to work in a box factory. Attending a B.B. King gig, he was inspired to attempt to play the guitar after witnessing its effect on women. He actually credits Ervin Charles for starting his musical career in 1953. From 1955, he spent three years in Houston, having one record, ‘Crazy Girl’, released on the Duke label. On 7 August 1957, he moved with his band, The Hollywood Bearcats, to El Paso. Soon after his arrival, he was engaged to play the Lobby Club, a residence he held for more than a decade. Between 1961 and 1971, he made four rock-orientated singles, including ‘El Paso Rock’ and ‘The Scratch’, for Yucca Records in Alamogordo, New Mexico. In 1986, he recorded his...

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