1917 – He was born on the 22nd day of August this year in Coahoma County near Clarksdale, Mississippi.
1921 – His parents separated.
1922 – His mother married William Moore, a blues singer who provided John’s first introduction to the guitar (and whom John would later credit for his distinctive playing style).
1923 – His natural father died; and at age 15, John ran away from home, never to see his mother and step-father again.
1930 – He lived in Memphis where he worked on Beale Street and occasionally performed at house parties.
1948 – He found himself in Detroit this year working at Ford Motor Company. His recording career began also in this year when his agent placed a demo tape, made by Hooker, with the Bihari brothers, owners of the Modern Records label.
1962 – His best known song also include "Boom Boom."
1980 – He appeared and sang to the movie "The Blues Brothers."
1989 – He joined with a number of musicians, including Keith Richards and Carlos Santana to record "The Healer", which won a Grammy award.
1991 – He is a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
1997 – He opened a nightclub called "John Lee Hooker’s Boom Boom Room", after one of his hits.
2000 – He was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
2001 – He fell ill just before a tour of Europe this year and died soon afterwards at the age of 83.