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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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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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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' (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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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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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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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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I'm Going Home
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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Live At Sugar Hill
John Lee Hooker: Live At Sugar Hill Art-Nr.: CH287

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(Ace) 10 tracks. Originally released 1968 'Galaxy').
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