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Earl Hooker – Video of The Week

Earl Hooker – live American Blues Festival – 1969

Earl Hooker is an American Blues guitarist who is born in Clarksdale, Mississippi. His family moves to Chicago, Illinois when he’s still an infant. Needless to say as he gets older, music becomes a hobby that he learns from his family members who could play a variety of instruments.

So yes, he came from a musical background and begins playing guitar as a teenager plus, his cousin John Lee Hooker is an influence as well. Within a few years, while being an instrumentalist, he starts a band and is on the road touring. 

Eventually he ends up at Sun Studios and records his first recordings with Sam Phillips in his studio in Tennessee. eventually became an important part of the Chicago blues scene. Hooker plays in the American Folk Blues Festival in England in 1969 along with Mack Thompson and Robert Julien.

Even though he never receives the public recognition he deserves along with the same extent as some of his contemporaries. But Jimi Hendrix proclaims that Earl Hooker is “Master of the wah-wah” which is pretty impressive coming from Hendrix!

Needless to say, his talent is greatly respected by other notable musicians such as B.B. King, Ike Turner, Junior Wells, and Buddy Guy. Hooker plays slide guitar on the 1962 Muddy Waters recording, “You Shook Me.” He’s the only slide player on a Muddy Waters recording besides Muddy himself. Hooker also helps popularized the double-neck guitar. Sadly, this fantastic guitarist lost his fight against tuberculosis at age 41. 

So Be Sure to take the time to check out this amazing musician’s work!

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Credits: Video Screen shot / Video: BadlyDrawnBallbag

 

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