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John Lee Hooker

After nomadically label-hopping for the first seven years of his astonishingly prolific recording career, Mississippi Delta émigré John Lee Hooker settled into a relatively exclusive relationship with Chicago’s Vee-Jay Records in 1955. Things had changed dramatically on the R&B front since 1949; no longer would a haunting solo blues piece like the Hook’s Boogie Chillen (it’s on BCD 16921, Disc One) find its way to the top of the charts now that rock 'n' roll had captured the teenage demographic.

Still, there remained a solid southern market for blues, and John Lee was happy to help fill it on Vee-Jay through 1964 (granted, there were dalliances with a number of other labels during that span). His first Vee-Jay date, conducted in Chicago in October of ’55, found him in the company of labelmate Jimmy Reed, guitarist Eddie Taylor (a steadying presence for both Reed and Hooker whenever they entered the studio), bassist George Washington, and drummer Tom Whitehead, who had been playing sessions with the Boogie Man since 1953 and clearly knew the territory.

Reed was absent for Hooker’s Vee-Jay encore session, held March 27, 1956, but the rhythm section remained constant. Among the enduring gems laid down that day was the rollicking Dimples, a standard in John Lee’s repertoire from then on. He’s listed as writing it with Jimmy Bracken, the co-owner of Vee-Jay. Hooker was fretting an electric guitar instead of the acoustic he used on his first Detroit sessions (ironically, he’d have to retrieve it when the folk-blues trend hit).

Hooker’s Vee-Jay stint produced some of the most polished recordings he ever made, thanks to stellar musicianship by Taylor and his comrades, who seemed to cope with Hooker’s erratic timing better than just about anyone else he’d recorded with. At the end of 1958, John Lee would find his way back onto the R&B charts for the first time in more than seven years with I Love You Honey. He scored nationally again in 1960 with No Shoes. But as it turned out, the John Lee Hooker story was just getting underway.

Bill Dahl
Chicago, Illinois

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Sings The Blues (180g vinyl)
John Lee Hooker: Sings The Blues (180g vinyl) Art-Nr.: SLP5425

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(2015/Sundazed) 16 tracks. Shake 'em up! R&B from the vaults of King/Federal Records! The embodiment of the blues! A primal architect of the genre’s structure, Hooker’s hypnotic guitar work and commanding vocals influenced everyone who...
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That's My Story - 180g HD vinyl
John Lee Hooker: That's My Story - 180g HD vinyl Art-Nr.: LP771991

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(2014/Wax Time) 14 tracks. His 1960 'Riverside' LP plus 2 bonus tracks. Includes free MP3 album download.
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You Gotta Shake It Up And Go - I Lost My Job (7inch, 45rpm)
John Lee Hooker: You Gotta Shake It Up And Go - I Lost My Job... Art-Nr.: 45REP2211

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(Repro) 2 Tracks
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Don't Look Back
HOOKER, John Lee: Don't Look Back Art-Nr.: CDSBLUE020

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(1956-64 'Vee Jay') (58:06/20)
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Alone (LP)
John Lee Hooker: Alone (LP) Art-Nr.: LPFP1148

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(2016/Fat Possum) 9 tracks John Lee Hooker's Alone, a 1976 solo live set by the Detroit blues titan captured at New York's Hunter College, will make it's appearance on two individual LPs. Volume 2 of 2 includes raw and revered...
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Gotta Boogie Gotta Sing (2-CD)
John Lee Hooker: Gotta Boogie Gotta Sing (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDJAS3084

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(2017/Jasmine) 52 tracks
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The Best Of John Lee Hooker - Blues Forever (CD)
John Lee Hooker: The Best Of John Lee Hooker - Blues Forever (CD) Art-Nr.: CD68027

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(2017/Promo Sound) 11 tracks
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The Hook - The Best of (CD)
John Lee Hooker: The Hook - The Best of (CD) Art-Nr.: CDVIN01

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(Green Line Srl Italy) 22 tracks
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Documenting The Sensation Recordings 1948-52 (3-CD)
John Lee Hooker: Documenting The Sensation Recordings 1948-52... Art-Nr.: CDJLHBOX019

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(Ace) 71 tracks. The blues legend’s recordings for Bernard Besman’s Sensation label released together for the first time, with superior sound and sessionography. Ace acquired a lot of John Lee Hooker sides when we purchased the Sensation...
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Don't Turn Me From Your Door (LP, 180g Vinyl)
John Lee Hooker: Don't Turn Me From Your Door (LP, 180g Vinyl) Art-Nr.: LPATCO33151

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(Speakers Corner) 12 tracks John Lee Hooker remains both a mystery and an object of study. While some, like the author Jacques Demêtre, see the man from the Mississippi as, from a musical point of view, "the roughest and most African of...
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Boogie Man - Adventures of John Lee Hooker in the American 20th Century
John Lee Hooker: Boogie Man - Adventures of John Lee Hooker in... Art-Nr.: 040153

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(2000/PENGUIN) Paperback, English, 536 pages. last copies! `A towering monument to a remarkable 60-year career ... John Lee Hooker is our last surviving link with the birth of the blues. Now in his 80s, he has waited some time for a...
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Roll & Tumble - Baby, Baby
John Lee Hooker: Roll & Tumble - Baby, Baby Art-Nr.: 45J856

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(1969) Jewel Repro! Classic Blues.
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The Hot Spot - Soundtrack (2-LP)
John Lee Hooker: The Hot Spot - Soundtrack (2-LP) Art-Nr.: AAPB8755

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1990 'Antilles' Audiophile re-issue on Analogue Productions. High-quality vinyl, 180-gram, 45 rpm Music to a Dennis Hopper movie, a modern film noir Soundtrack with original recordings by John Lee Hooker and Miles Davis (most of the...
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It Serves You Right To Suffer (180 g HQ Vinyl
John Lee Hooker: It Serves You Right To Suffer (180 g HQ Vinyl Art-Nr.: AS9103

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(1965 'Impulse') Pure Pleasure Neuauflage / Re-issue.
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50 Years: John Lee Hooker Anthology (2-CD)
John Lee Hooker: 50 Years: John Lee Hooker Anthology (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CD311282

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Probably the most satisfying 'Best Of' collection, spanning his whole career.
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More Real Folk Blues
John Lee Hooker: More Real Folk Blues Art-Nr.: CD34297

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(1966 'Chess') (43:00/09) JOHN LEE HOOKER - gtr/voc, EDDIE BURNS - gtr, LAFAYETTE LEAKE - pno/org, FRED BELOW - drums.
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From Detroit To Chicago
John Lee Hooker: From Detroit To Chicago Art-Nr.: CD5321223

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Superb compilation,recordings originally made for Modern, J-V-B, and Vee Jay. Excellent mastering! - Digipak w/ booklet.
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That's My Story
John Lee Hooker: That's My Story Art-Nr.: CD538

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(1960 'Riverside') (44:51/12)
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Don't Turn Me From Your Door
John Lee Hooker: Don't Turn Me From Your Door Art-Nr.: CD7412684

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(1953/61 'Atco') (43:36/16) Re-release made in Japan.
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The Hot Spot (Soundtrack)
John Lee Hooker: The Hot Spot (Soundtrack) Art-Nr.: CD8468132

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-The Hot Spot (1990 'Antilles') (40:52/13) Die Musik zu einem Dennis-Hopper-Film mit John Lee Hooker und Miles Davis auf (fast) allen Stück. Super / soundtrack to Dennis Hopper's movie. Hooker and M. Davis teaming up. Great! JOHN LEE...
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Mr. Lucky
John Lee Hooker: Mr. Lucky Art-Nr.: CD862372

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(1991 'Silvertone') (47:22/10) Special guests: JOHNNY WINTER, ROBERT CRAY, JOHN HAMMOND, RY COODER, KEITH RICHARDS, VAN MORRISON, BOOKER T. JONES, CARLOS SANTANA.
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Anywhere - Anytime - Anyplace
John Lee Hooker: Anywhere - Anytime - Anyplace Art-Nr.: CDBGOCD363

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(1948-52) (42:39/14)
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If You Miss 'Im...I Got 'Im (CD)
John Lee Hooker: If You Miss 'Im...I Got 'Im (CD) Art-Nr.: CDBGOCD392

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(1998/BGO Records) 9 Tracks (46:35) - 1969 'BluesWay' - Nice laid-back session feel. This re-issue with the original art work is featuring the collaboration of John Lee and his cousin Earl. Good recording, too. Recommended album. JOHN...
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Hooker 'n' Heat (2-CD)
John Hooker Lee & Canned Heat: Hooker 'n' Heat (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDBGOCD694

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(1970 'Liberty') (86:04/17) JOHN LEE HOKKER - gtr/voc & CANNED HEAT: ALAN WILSON - gtr/hca, HENRY VESTINE - gtr, ANTONIO DE LA BARREDA - bass, FIRO DE LA PARRA - drums.
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Live At Soledad Prison - Never Get Out Of These
John Lee Hooker: Live At Soledad Prison - Never Get Out Of These Art-Nr.: CDBGOCD897

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Two original LPs on one CD.
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