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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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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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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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Boogie Chillun (2-LP)
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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That's My Story (LP)
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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The Country Blues Of John Lee Hooker - 180gr vinyl LP album
John Lee Hooker: The Country Blues Of John Lee Hooker - 180gr... Art-Nr.: LP235925

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(2014/Universal) 13 tracks, reproduction of the original 1959 Riverside album incl. a MP3 download code!
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Complete 50's Chess Recordings Vol.2
John Lee Hooker: Complete 50's Chess Recordings Vol.2 Art-Nr.: CD34211

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(1997/MCA) 15 tracks.
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Complete 50's Chess Recordings Vol.1
John Lee Hooker: Complete 50's Chess Recordings Vol.1 Art-Nr.: CD34279

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(1997/MCA) 16 tracks.
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Sings The Blues & Sings Blues
John Lee Hooker: Sings The Blues & Sings Blues Art-Nr.: CDSJ843

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(2015/Soul Jam) 26 tracks.
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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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On The Waterfront
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(2014/unknown) 11 tracks. Reissue of the 1970 Wand LP.
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That's My Story
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(1960 'Riverside') Ace
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I'm Going Home
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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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I'm Going Home
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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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Boogie With
John Lee Hooker: Boogie With Art-Nr.: LPHIQ026

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(2014/Ace) 14 tracks.
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Plays And Sings The Blues
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(2013/DOL) 12 tracks. 1951-52
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Folk Blues
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(2014/DOL) 10 tracks. 1952-54
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Don't Turn Me From Your Door
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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The Folklore Of John Lee Hooker
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(2013/DOL) 12 tracks. 1960/61.
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... Travelin'
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(2013/DOL) 12 tracks. 1960/61 "Vee Jay".
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House Of The Blues
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(2013/DOL) 12 tracks. 1951-54 'Chess'.
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Burnin'
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(2013/DOL) 11 tracks. 1961 "Vee Jay".
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Burning Hell
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(2014/DOL) 12 tracks. 1959 "Riverside" John Lee solo. Great country style pickin'.
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I'm John Lee Hooker
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(2013/DOL) 12 tracks. 1955-59 "Vee Jay".
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I Wanna Ramble - Let's Groove Baby 45rpm
John Lee Hooker: I Wanna Ramble - Let's Groove Baby 45rpm Art-Nr.: 45FTMV002

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