I don’t think about time. You’re here when you’re here. I think about today, staying in tune.
~John Lee Hooker
I don’t play a lot of fancy guitar. I don’t want to play it. The kind of guitar I want to play is mean, mean licks.
~John Lee Hooker
When they say true blues, pure blues, John Lee Hooker is as close to it as anyone I’ve ever heard.
One bourbon, one scotch, and one beer
Hey mister bartender come here
I want another drink and I want it now
~John Lee Hooker (One bourbon, one scotch, and one beer)
JLH was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991. Here from the ceremony he performs “In The Mood” together with Bonnie Raitt:
August 22, 1917
Coahoma County, Mississippi, United States
June 21, 2001 (aged 83)
Los Altos, California, United States
Blues, talking blues, country blues
Singer-songwriter, Musician, Songwriter
Vee-Jay, Chess, Bluesway, ++
Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King,Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Canned Heat
John Lee Hooker (August 22, 1917 – June 21, 2001) was a highly influential American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist.
Hooker began his life as the son of a sharecropper, William Hooker, and rose to prominence performing his own unique style of what was originally a unique brand of country blues. He developed a ‘talking blues’ style that was his trademark. Though similar to the early Delta blues, his music was metrically free. John Lee Hooker could be said to embody his own unique genre of the blues, often incorporating the boogie-woogie piano style and a driving rhythm into his blues guitar playing and singing. His best known songs include “Boogie Chillen'” (1948), “I’m in the Mood” (1951) and “Boom Boom” (1962), the first two reaching R&B #1 in the Billboard charts.
From Allmusic (Bill Dahl): He was beloved worldwide as the king of the endless boogie, a genuine blues superstar whose droning, hypnotic one-chord grooves were at once both ultra-primitive and timeless. But John Lee Hooker recorded in a great many more styles than that over a career that stretched across more than half a century. Read more -> allmusic.com
Awards and recognition
A Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991
Two of his songs, “Boogie Chillen” and “Boom Boom” were named to the list of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.
“Boogie Chillen” was included as one of the Songs of the Century.
John Lee’s style has always been unique, even among other performers of the real deep blues, few of whom remain with us today. While retaining that foundation he has simultaneously broken new ground musically and commercially. At the age of 80, John Lee Hooker received his third and fourth Grammy Awards, for Best Traditional Blues Recording (Don’t Look Back) and for Best Pop Collaboration for the song “Don’t Look Back” which Hooker recorded with his long time friend Van Morrison.
Best Traditional Blues Recording, 1990 for I’m in the Mood (with Bonnie Raitt)
Best Traditional Blues Recording, 1998 for Don’t Look Back
Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, 1998, “Don’t Look Back” (with Van Morrison)
Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000
One Bourbon, one Scotch, one Beer:
Album of the day – John Lee Hooker Plays & Sings The Blues (1961):
I want everyone to know what I can really do
~Elvis Presley (to producer Bob Finkel)
November 22, 1968
Rock and roll
Elvis (NBC TV Special) is the thirty-fourth album by Elvis Presley, released on RCA Victor Records in mono, LPM 4088, in November 1968. Recording sessions took place in Burbank, California at Western Recorders on June 20, 21, 22 and 23, 1968, and at NBC Studios on June 27 and 29, 1968. It peaked at #8 on the Billboard 200. It was certified Gold on July 22, 1969 and Platinum on July 15, 1999 by the RIAA.
Hound Dog/All Shook Up:
From allmusic.com – John Bush: …………… Although he exhibited more nerves than he ever had in the past — a combination of the importance this chance obviously presented plus the large gap between the psychedelic music culture of 1968 and the rather quaint rock & roll of ten years earlier — Elvis delivered an incredible performance throughout the television special. His vocal performances were loose and gutsy, and his repartee was both self-deprecating and sarcastic about his early days as well as his moribund film career (“There’s something wrong with my lip!…I got news for you baby, I did 29 pictures like that”). He was uninhibited and utterly unsafe, showing the first inkling in ten years that there was life and spirit left in music’s biggest artistic property. The resulting LP, NBC-TV Special, combined sit-down and standup segments, but probably over-compensated on the standup segments. What impresses so much about NBC-TV Special is how much it prefigures the rest of Elvis’ career. Dramatic, intense, driven, and earthy, frequently moving, but not without the occasional cloying note, Elvis during the ’70s was the apotheosis of rock music, a righteous blend of rock and soul, gospel and pop, blues and country. …
~Read more over @ allmusic.com
This album also happens to contain one of Elvis Presley’s best songs…..
If I Can Dream:
Elvis Presley – vocals, guitar
The Blossoms – backing vocals
Tommy Morgan – harmonica
Mike Deasy, Al Casey, Tommy Tedesco, Scotty Moore – electric guitar
Larry Knechtel – keyboards, bass
Don Randi – piano
Charles Berghofer – bass
Hal Blaine – drums
John Cyr, Elliot Franks, Frank DeVito, D.J. Fontana, Alan Fortas, Jack Sperling staff drummer NBC Orchestra – percussion