The enduring image of John Lee Hooker's rhythmic Delta boogie is of the man sat alone, stomping his foot to create a beat and improvising rhythmic guitar accents that evoke the sound of a whole band arrangement. And then there's that outrageous voice...
Hooker's recording career began in 1948 when Modern Records released Boogie Chillen' as a single. There are few better debut singles in the history of recorded music, and without it, it's hard to imagine the likes of Led Zeppelin, Canned Heat or ZZ Top sounding anywhere near as rump-shaking.
Listen: John Lee Hooker - Boogie Chillen'
“Now John Lee Hooker was a great blues man - so much of his writing and playing is full of voodoo and such an influence on players like Jimi Hendrix. Hear My Train A Comin’ is pure John Lee Hooker. Robben Ford is also an awesome player and exponent of the blues as is Gary Moore.” (Thanks, bbcoz)