Lee Baker Junior, 18 December 1933, Dubuisson, Louisiana, USA. Brooks took up the electric guitar while living in Port Arthur, Texas, playing as Guitar Junior with Clifton Chenier and Lonesome Sundown. His first solo record was the local hit Family Rules, made for Eddie Shulers Goldband label in 1957. At this time, he also wrote and recorded Pick Me Up On Your Way Down (with Barbara Lynn on backing vocals) and The Crawl, which was revived 30 years later by the Fabulous Thunderbirds. These tracks were reissued on a Charly album in 1984. Guitar Junior moved to Chicago in 1959, recording and touring with Jimmy Reed. He made an unsuccessful single for Mercury Records (The Horse) before changing his stage name again, to Lonnie Brooks. During the 60s, Brooks performed in the Chicago area, making singles for Midas, Palos, USA and Chess Records, where Let It All Hang Out was a local hit. In 1969, he made an...
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