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Hooker, John Lee

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Born: 1917 AD
Died: 2001 AD, at 83 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Musicians, Singer

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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.


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