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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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Boogie Chillen' - Boogie Chillen' Take 2 (LP, 10inch, Ltd.) John Lee Hooker: Boogie Chillen' - Boogie Chillen' Take 2 (LP,... Art-Nr.: LPB7006

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(Ace Records) 2 tracks, 500 pieces limited and numbered As streaming gains the upper hand, Ace returns to the future with a beautifully reproduced 10-inch disc spinning at 78 rpm in a brown bag with the correct sensation label 2¾" in a...
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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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Remastered From The Archives (LP) John Lee Hooker: Remastered From The Archives (LP) Art-Nr.: LPRBR002

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(Red Bank Records) 15 tracks. Limited Edition. 180g Pearlized Gold - Color Vinyl
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Early Recordings - Detroit And Beyond Vol.1 (2-LP) John Lee Hooker: Early Recordings - Detroit And Beyond Vol.1 (2-LP) Art-Nr.: LPTMR511

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(Third Man Records) 28 tracks Cover slightly damaged!! The first reissue of John Lee Hooker's groundbreaking and rare Detroit and Beyond recordings on vinyl since their first release in 1973, these tracks were announced by many fans as...
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The Country Blues Of John Lee Hooker (LP, 180g Vinyl) John Lee Hooker: The Country Blues Of John Lee Hooker (LP, 180g... Art-Nr.: LPCR00183

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(Craft Recordings) 13 Tracks - Re-release of the 1959 album on Riverside Records, for the 60th anniversary, on 180g vinyl, pressed in the factory of Memphis Record Pressing!
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Black Night Is Falling - Live At The Rising Sun Celebrity Jazz Club (CD) John Lee Hooker: Black Night Is Falling - Live At The Rising Sun... Art-Nr.: CDJAM91682

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(Justin Time Records) 10 tracks - digipack Black Night Is Falling features blues legend John Lee Hooker in live top form and supported by an energetic band featuring John Garcia, Steve Jones and Larry Wild Man Martin.
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Boom Boom - Selected Singles 1959-1962 (LP) John Lee Hooker: Boom Boom - Selected Singles 1959-1962 (LP) Art-Nr.: LP81995

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(Saga) 16 tracks, limited edition in color Vinyl (green)
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Early Recordings - Detroit And Beyond Vol.2 (2-LP) John Lee Hooker: Early Recordings - Detroit And Beyond Vol.2 (2-LP) Art-Nr.: LPTMR512

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(Third Man Records) 28 tracks Cover slightly damaged!! The first reissue of John Lee Hooker's groundbreaking and rare Detroit and Beyond recordings on vinyl since their first release in 1973, these tracks were announced by many fans as...
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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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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.: LPMOV2196

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(Music On Vinyl) 12 tracks - Re-issue of the 1963 'Atco' LP album on 180g vinyl - All tracks recorded in Cincinnati, Ohio, 1953 except for tracks 3, 6, 9 and 14 recorded in Miami, Florida on July 7, 1961 by ATCO, New York. - This album...
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House Of The Blues (LP, 180g Vinyl) John Lee Hooker: House Of The Blues (LP, 180g Vinyl) Art-Nr.: LPMOV2085

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(Music On Vinyl) 12 tracks- Re-issue of the original 1960 'Chess' LP album on 180 gram vinyl
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House Of The Blues (LP, 180g Vinyl) John Lee Hooker: House Of The Blues (LP, 180g Vinyl) Art-Nr.: LPDOL943

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(DOL-Vinylogy) 12 Tracks - Reissue of the original 1959 Chess album, recorded 1951-1952!
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Travelin' (CD) John Lee Hooker: Travelin' (CD) Art-Nr.: CDSOA81220

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(State Of Art) 29 Tracks - Deluxe Ecopack, CD in printed inner sleeve - Original Vee Jay recordings 1949-1960, two legendary albums, plus 4 bonus tracks! Brilliant sound quality!
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Travelin' (LP, 180g Vinyl, Ltd.) John Lee Hooker: Travelin' (LP, 180g Vinyl, Ltd.) Art-Nr.: LP772039

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(Wax Time) 14 Tracks - Reissue of the original 1960 Vee Jay album, plus 2 bonus tracks from 1958 featuring Sonny Terry!
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Don't Turn Me From Your Door - John Lee Hooker Sings His Blues (CD, Japan) John Lee Hooker: Don't Turn Me From Your Door - John Lee Hooker... Art-Nr.: CDATL7014

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(1992/Atlantic Japan) 16 Tracks - Japan CD reissue of the original 1963 Atco album plus 4 bonus tracks!
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King Of The Boogie (5-CD Book, Limited Edition) John Lee Hooker: King Of The Boogie (5-CD Book, Limited Edition) Art-Nr.: CDCR00015

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(2017/Craft Recordings-Concord) 100 Tracks - 54-page hardcover book in landscape format - Limited edition! - 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the great John Lee Hooker. To celebrate this event in music history, Concord Music Group has...
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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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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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Whiskey & Wimmen - John Lee Hooker's Finest (LP) John Lee Hooker: Whiskey & Wimmen - John Lee Hooker's Finest (LP) Art-Nr.: LPVJ2060

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(2017/Vee Jay-Universal) 16 Tracks - Gatefold Cover - Liner notes by Bill Dahl! Original early sixties Vee-Jay recordings, including his classic hits 'Boom Boom', 'Boogie Chillen', 'Dimples', and 'I'm In The Mood'!
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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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Whiskey And Wimmen - John Lee Hooker's Finest (CD) John Lee Hooker: Whiskey And Wimmen - John Lee Hooker's Finest (CD) Art-Nr.: CD72020580

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(2017/Universal) 16 tracks - Great 'best Of' compilation in brilliant quality, featuring a selection of John Lee Hooker's 'Vee Jay' recordings. Liner notes by Bill Dahl.
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The Folk Blues Of John Lee Hooker (LP, 180g Vinyl, Ltd.) John Lee Hooker: The Folk Blues Of John Lee Hooker (LP, 180g... Art-Nr.: LP6785461

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(2017/Vinyl Lovers) 16 Tracks, 1952 and 1959 - Reissue of the original 1959 Riverside album plus 3 bonus tracks recorded in 1952! Limited collector's item!
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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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Blues Master Works (180g Vinyl, 2- LP, 1 CD) John Lee Hooker: Blues Master Works (180g Vinyl, 2- LP, 1 CD) Art-Nr.: LPDB008

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(2014/Delta Blues) 25 tracks.
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The Cream (2-LP) 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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