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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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Boogie Chillen - The Essential Recordings Of
John Lee Hooker: Boogie Chillen - The Essential Recordings Of Art-Nr.: CDIGO2122

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(1948/49) (62:50/20)
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Boogie Awhile 1948-1953
John Lee Hooker: Boogie Awhile 1948-1953 Art-Nr.: CDKK05

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(1948-53) (63:34/20) extremely rare, unissued and alternate takes, recorded in Detroit.
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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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I'm John Lee Hooker (Vee-Jay 1955-59) re
John Lee Hooker: I'm John Lee Hooker (Vee-Jay 1955-59) re Art-Nr.: VJ1007

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(1955-59 'Vee Jay')
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On The Waterfront
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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Live At Montreux 1983 & 1990 (2-LP, 180g Vinyl)
John Lee Hooker & The Coast To Coast Blues Band: Live At Montreux 1983 & 1990 (2-LP, 180g Vinyl) Art-Nr.: LPER5534

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(Eagle Records) 18 tracks John Lee Hooker, four-time Grammy® winner and recipient of the Grammy® Lifetime Achievement Award, will forever be celebrated as a legend of the blues genre. His legendary career continues to impact modern music...
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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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Don't Turn Me From Your Door
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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Alone Vol.1&2
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...
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Alone (LP)
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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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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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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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John Lee Hooker Plays & Sing The Blues (LP, 180g Vinyl, Ltd.)
John Lee Hooker: John Lee Hooker Plays & Sing The Blues (LP,... Art-Nr.: LPWAX772281

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(WaxTime) 14 tracks John Lee Hooker Plays and Sings the Blues, originally released by Chess Records in 1961, is primarily Hooker's solo performance, the master charging forward with nothing but his raw electric guitar, soul-soaked,...
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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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Jealous
John Lee Hooker: Jealous Art-Nr.: CD417632

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(1986 'Pointblank') (37:43/10) JOHN LEE HOOKER - gtr/voc, MICHAEL OSBORN - gtr, DEACON JONES - org, LARRY HAMILTON - bass, TIM RICHARDS - 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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