Earl Hooker

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Earl Hooker (January 15, 1929 – April 21, 1970) was a Chicago blues guitarist known for his slide guitar playing. Considered a "musician's musician", he performed with blues artists such as Sonny Boy Williamson II, Junior Wells, and John Lee Hooker and fronted his own bands. An early player of the electric guitar, Hooker was influenced by the modern urban styles of T-Bone Walker and Robert Nighthawk. He recorded several singles and albums as a bandleader and with other well-known artists. His "Blue Guitar", a slide guitar instrumental single, was popular in the Chicago area and was later overdubbed with vocals by Muddy Waters as "You Shook Me".

In the late 1960s, Hooker began performing on the college and concert circuit and had several recording contracts. Just as his career was on an upswing, he died in 1970, at age 41, after a lifelong struggle with tuberculosis. His guitar playing has been acknowledged by many of his peers, including B.B. King, who commented, "to me he is the best of modern guitarists. Period. With the slide he was the best. It was nobody else like him, he was just one of a kind".

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1969 Two Bugs and a Roach Earl Hooker 3
1969 If You Miss ’Im… I Got ’Im John Lee Hooker feat. Earl Hooker 2
1969 Sweet Black Angel Earl Hooker 2
1975 Hooker 'n Steve (with Steve Miller) Earl Hooker 1
1990 I Couldn't Believe My Eyes Plus... Brownie McGhee, Sonny Terry with Earl Hooker 1
1998 The Moon Is Rising Earl Hooker 1
2000 There's a Fungus Among Us Earl Hooker 1
Play Your Guitar, Mr. Hooker! Earl Hooker 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Messin' With the Kid' Junior Wells & Earl Hooker 1
1993 Play Your Guitar, Mr. Hooker! Earl Hooker 1
1993 The Blues Collection: Earl Hooker & Junior Wells Earl Hooker & Junior Wells 1
1999 Simply the Best Earl Hooker 1
Blue Guitar Earl Hooker 1
Smooth Slidin' Earl Hooker 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1961 Rockin' With the Kid / Rockin' Wild Earl Hooker 1
1962 Blue Guitar / Swear to Tell the Truth Earl Hooker 1
1962 How Long Can This Go On / These Cotton-Picking Blues Earl Hooker 1
1963 The Leading Brand / Blues in D Natural Earl Hooker 1
1969 Boogie Don't Blot / Funky Blues Earl Hooker 1

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