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John Lee Hooker

Mississippi-born bluesman John Lee Hooker carved his own niche starting in the 1940s and continuing up until his death in 2001. Throughout it all, his unconventional combination of guitar-centered Delta blues, talking blues, boogie—and even bits of country—inspired everyone from the Rolling Stones to Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana and virtually every other modern guitar hero.

With more than 100 albums to his credit, Hooker was also one of the most prolific artists of all time. “Boogie Chillen’,” “Crawling King Snake” and “I’m In the Mood” are amongst his most beloved cuts, while “Boom Boom” and “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” continue to be remade to this day.

Additional landmark moments include his 1980 appearance in The Blues Brothers, followed by a starring role in Pete Townshend’s 1989 musical The Iron Man. Just prior to his passing, Hooker was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award to bookend his previous inductions into the Blues and Rock and Roll Halls of Fame.

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