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1991 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee John Lee Hooker

John Lee Hooker

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  • Year:
    1991
  • Category:
    Performers
John Lee Hooker

Hall of Fame Essay

1991

John Milward

The blues according to John Lee Hooker is a propulsive drone of a guitar tuned to open G, a foot stomping out a beat that wouldn’t know how to quit, and a bear of a voice that knows its way around the woods. He plays big-city, big-beat blues born in the Mississippi Delta. Blame it on the boogie, and you’re blaming it on John Lee Hooker.

Without the music of John Lee Hooker, Jim Morrison wouldn’t have known of crawling kingsnakes, and George Thorogood wouldn’t have ordered up “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer.”

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 1991
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I was swept under the spell of the crawling king snake John Lee Hooker.

Bonnie Raitt

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