Earl Hooker

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Earl Hooker (January 15, 1929 – April 21, 1970) was an American Chicago blues guitarist, perhaps best known for his slide guitar playing. Considered a "musician's musician", Hooker performed with blues artists such as Sonny Boy Williamson II, Junior Wells, and John Lee Hooker (a cousin) as well as fronting 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. As a band leader, he recorded several singles and albums, in addition to recording with well-known artists. His "Blue Guitar", a popular Chicago area slide-guitar instrumental single, was later overdubbed with vocals by Muddy Waters and became the popular "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, Earl Hooker 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".

  1. ^ Strachwitz 1998, p. 1.
  2. ^ Danchin 2001, p. 101.
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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1968 Two Bugs and a Roach Earl Hooker 3
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
1994 Sweet Black Angel Earl Hooker 1
1998 The Moon Is Rising Earl Hooker 1
Play Your Guitar, Mr. Hooker! Earl Hooker 1
There's a Fungus Among Us 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
Blue Guitar Earl Hooker 1
Simply the Best 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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