Last night our Artist of the Week on Blues Breakers was John Lee Hooker. Mr. Hooker would have turned 95 tomorrow, August 22, if he were still with us. One of the most influential of the Chicago blues stars of the era just before Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf came to Chess Records was Bluebird recording artist Big Bill Broonzy. Big Bill will be our Artist of the Week next Monday, August 27.
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Tom Marker’s Blues Breakers for 8-20-12
Artist of the Week: John Lee Hooker
(August 22, 1917 – June 21, 2001)
JOHN LEE HOOKER – CRAWLING KING SNAKE
Recorded for Modern Records 1949.
ROBERT CRAY – WORRY
From Robert’s new record, Nothin’ But Love.
WAYNE BAKER BROOKS – SOMETHING’S GOING DOWN
Wayne joined by Twista and GLC on a track from Tricks Up My Sleeve. Now being used on Chicago Bears telecasts.
JOHN LEE HOOKER – BOOM BOOM
Vee Jay Single 1962.
GARLAND JEFFREYS – TIL JOHN LEE HOOKER CALLS ME
This is from Garland’s 2011 record, The King of In Between.
JOHN LEE HOOKER – BURNIN’ HELL
This is a 1998 version of John’s song with Ben Harper on guitar and Charlie Musselwhite on harp.
SUGAR BLUE – KRYSTALLINE
From a new album by Sugar called, Raw Sugar.
JOHN LEE HOOKER – SERVES ME RIGHT TO SUFFER/SYNDICATOR
From the 1995 album, Chill Out. Van Morrison on vocals and guitar, Booker T. Jones on keyboards.
CANDYE KANE – HARD KNOCK GAL
From Candye’s latest, Sister Vagabond. Candye will be returning to FitzGerald’s this Friday.
OTIS TAYLOR – THE DEVIL’S GONNA LIE
From Otis’ latest, Contraband.