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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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John Lee Hooker: Never Get Out Of These Blues Alive
Art-Nr.: MOVLP720
 

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(2013 MUSIC ON VINYL) 7 tracks. Recorded within two days in 1971, JLH worked together with young Blues stars Van Morrison and Steve Miller.

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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 performances of "Baby, Please Don't...

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John Lee Hooker: That's My Story (LP)
Art-Nr.: LP538
 

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(2012/Concord) 12 tracks. Originally released on Riverside 1960.

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John Lee Hooker: Sings The Blues & Sings Blues
Art-Nr.: CDSJ843
 

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(2015/Soul Jam) 26 tracks.

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John Lee Hooker: The Cream (2-LP)
Art-Nr.: LPTOM27009
 

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(Re-issue) 15 tracks. Fine concert from the Keystone' in Palo Alto, Kalifornien. John Lee Hooker - gtr/voc, John Garcia Jr. - gtr, Ron Thompson - gtr, Mike Milwood - bass, Larry Martin - drums. Special guest: Charlie Musselwhite - hca.

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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 followed, and these...

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John Lee Hooker: Alone Vol.1&2
Art-Nr.: CDFP1147
 

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(2013/Fat Possum Records) 17 tracks (82:50) 2-CD Recorded live at Hunter College, New York City, Feb. 06, 1976. A great sound quality and john lee in top form. A extremely atmospheric concert. 11 page booklet / liner notes by kent cooper. Re-released by Fat Possum...

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John Lee Hooker: Don't Turn Me From Your Door
Art-Nr.: LPFRI213315
 

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​2013 'Friday Music', 12 tracks. Original release: Atlantic 1963

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John Lee Hooker: Boom Boom
Art-Nr.: CDSF10329
 

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The third in a row of groundbreaking comeback albums. Comes with two previously unissued tracks. Still a fascinating production. JOHN LEE HOOKER - voc/gtr, RICHARD COUSINS - bass, KEVIN HAYES - drums, featuring: JIMMIE VAUGHAN, ROBERT CRAY, ALBERT COLLINS, JOHN...

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John Lee Hooker: Kabuki Wuki(Live) - Born In Mississippi, Raised Up In Tennessee
Art-Nr.: CDBGOCD1129
 

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(2013/BGO Records) 14 tracks. 2-CD. Originally released on ABC/Bluesway in 1972 and 1973.

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John Lee Hooker: Electric Blues
Art-Nr.: LPCLP8836
 

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Goldenlane Record Limited edition picture disc!!

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John Lee Hooker: I'm John Lee Hooker
Art-Nr.: LPDOL1107
 

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(2013/DOL) 12 tracks. 1955-59 "Vee Jay".

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John Lee Hooker: Folk Blues
Art-Nr.: DOX639
 

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(1952/54) Doxy

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John Hooker Lee & Canned Heat: Hooker 'n' Heat (2-LP)
Art-Nr.: LST35002
 

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(1970 'Liberty') Pure Pleasure Neuauflage / Re-issue.

$51.86 *

John Lee Hooker: Get Back Home In The USA (2-LP) (180 g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: PPAN003
 

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(1969 'Black & Blue) Pure Pleasure Neuauflage / Re-issue.

$50.68 *

John Lee Hooker: I'm John Lee Hooker
Art-Nr.: LP771919
 

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(2014/Wax Time) 16 tracks. 1955-59 Vee Jay. Includes free MP3 album download

$23.31 *

John Lee Hooker: Boogie Chillun (2-LP)
Art-Nr.: LPFANT24706
 

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(1989 / Back To Black) 20 tracks. Reissue . 180 gram heavyweight vinyl . Recorded live in San Francisco , Nov. 2, 3 , 8 , & 10 , 1962. Includes a voucher to download MP3 version of the album.

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John Lee Hooker: I'm Going Home
Art-Nr.: CDDEVI002
 

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(2014/Devils Tunes) 12 tracks. Recorded June 10th, 1958 in Chicago. John Lee Hooker - gtr/voc, Everett McCrary - bass, Richatrd Johnson - drums.

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John Lee Hooker: Folk Blues
Art-Nr.: LPDOL1447
 

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(2014/DOL) 10 tracks. 1952-54

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John Lee Hooker: I'm Going Home
Art-Nr.: LPDEVI002
 

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(2014/Devils Tunes) 10 tracks. Recorded June 10th, 1958 in Chicago. John Lee Hooker - gtr/voc, Everett McCrary - bass, Richatrd Johnson - drums.

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John Lee Hooker: ... Travelin'
Art-Nr.: LPDOL1123
 

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(2013/DOL) 12 tracks. 1960/61 "Vee Jay".

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John Lee Hooker: The Folklore Of John Lee Hooker
Art-Nr.: LPDOL1133
 

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(2013/DOL) 12 tracks. 1960/61.

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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 tracks). Hooker...

$82.31 *

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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John Lee Hooker: The Essential Collection
Art-Nr.: CDHMN019
 

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(1960s 'Chess/BluesWay') (78:10/20)

$8.85 *

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.

$18.29 *

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.

$23.31 *

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.

$29.21 *

John Lee Hooker: Blues Master Works (180g Vinyl, 2- LP, 1 CD)
Art-Nr.: LPDB008
 

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(2014/Delta Blues) 25 tracks.

$44.78 *

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.

$11.51 *

John Lee Hooker: Best Of Friends
Art-Nr.: CDSPV49342
 

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Re-issue. - 'Best Of' compilation with tunes from his commercially most successful period. Includes a bonus track, previously only available in Japan. - Digipak. Featuring ERIC CLAPTON, CARLOS SANTANA, VAN MORRISON, ROBERT CRAY, RY COODER, JIMMIE VAUGHAN, BONNIE...

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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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John Lee Hooker: Boogie With
Art-Nr.: LPHIQ026
 

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(2014/Ace) 14 tracks.

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John Lee Hooker: Don't Turn Me From Your Door
Art-Nr.: LPDOL1451
 

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(2014/DOL) 14 tracks. 1963 'Atco'.

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John Lee Hooker: I Wanna Ramble - Let's Groove Baby 45rpm
Art-Nr.: 45FTMV002.1
 

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(Flattop Records)

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John Lee Hooker: On The Waterfront
Art-Nr.: CDGT2281
 

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Re-issue of the 1964/65 album, first issued on Verve-Folkways. It features Hooker backed by Tony McPhee & The Groundhogs, and John Mayall. Recorded in the UK. This CD contains the Wand Records version with overdubbed horns.

$10.33 *

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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John Lee Hooker: On Campus
Art-Nr.: VJ1066
 

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(1964 'VeeJay')

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John Lee Hooker: I Wanna Ramble - Let's Groove Baby 45rpm
Art-Nr.: 45FTMV002
 

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(Flattop Records)

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John Lee Hooker: Free Beer And Chicken
Art-Nr.: LPABCD838
 

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(1974 'ABC Records')

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John Lee Hooker: On The Waterfront
Art-Nr.: LPWDS689
 

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(2014/unknown) 11 tracks. Reissue of the 1970 Wand LP.

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