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John Lee Hooker

He was beloved worldwide as the king of the endless boogie, a genuine blues superstar whose droning, hypnotic one-chord grooves were at once both ultra-primitive and timeless. But John Lee Hooker recorded in a great many more styles than that over a career that stretched across more than half a century.

"The Hook" was a Mississippi native who became the top gent on the Detroit blues circuit in the years following World War II. The seeds for his eerily mournful guitar sound were planted by his stepfather, Will Moore, while Hooker was in his teens. Hooker had been singing spirituals before that, but the blues took hold and simply wouldn't let go. Overnight visitors left their mark on the youth, too: legends like Blind Lemon Jefferson, Charley Patton, and Blind Blake, who all knew Moore.

Hooker heard Memphis calling while he was still in his teens, but he couldn't gain much of a foothold there. So he relocated to Cincinnati for a seven-year stretch before making the big move to the Motor City in 1943. Jobs were plentiful, but Hooker drifted away from day gigs in favor of playing his unique free-form brand of blues. A burgeoning club scene along Hastings Street didn't hurt his chances any.

In 1948, the aspiring bluesman hooked up with entrepreneur Bernie Besman, who helped him hammer out his solo debut sides, "Sally Mae" and its seminal flip, "Boogie Chillen." This was blues as primitive as anything then on the market; Hooker's dark, ruminative vocals were backed only by his own ringing, heavily amplified guitar and insistently pounding foot. Their efforts were quickly rewarded. Los Angeles-based Modern Records issued the sides and "Boogie Chillen" -- a colorful, unique travelogue of Detroit's blues scene -- made an improbable jaunt to the very peak of the R&B charts.

Modern released several more major hits by "the Boogie Man" after that: "Hobo Blues" and its raw-as-an-open wound flip, "Hoogie Boogie"; "Crawling King Snake Blues" (all three 1949 smashes); and the unusual 1951 chart-topper "I'm in the Mood," where Hooker overdubbed his voice three times in a crude early attempt at multi-tracking.

But Hooker never, ever let something as meaningless as a contract stop him for making recordings for other labels. His early catalog is stretched across a road map of diskeries so complex that it's nearly impossible to fully comprehend (a vast array of recording aliases don't make things any easier).

Along with Modern, Hooker recorded for King (as the geographically challenged Texas Slim), Regent (as Delta John, a far more accurate handle), Savoy (as the wonderfully surreal Birmingham Sam & His Magic Guitar), Danceland (as the downright delicious Little Pork Chops), Staff (as Johnny Williams), Sensation (for whom he scored a national hit in 1950 with "Huckle Up, Baby"), Gotham, Regal, Swing Time, Federal, Gone (as John Lee Booker), Chess, Acorn (as the Boogie Man), Chance, DeLuxe (as Johnny Lee), JVB, Chart, and Specialty; before finally settling down at Vee-Jay in 1955 under his own name. Hooker became the point man for the growing Detroit blues scene during this incredibly prolific period, recruiting guitarist Eddie Kirkland as his frequent duet partner while still recording for Modern.

Once tied in with Vee-Jay, the rough-and-tumble sound of Hooker's solo and duet waxings was adapted to a band format. Hooker had recorded with various combos along the way before, but never with sidemen as versatile and sympathetic as guitarist Eddie Taylor and harpist Jimmy Reed, who backed him at his initial Vee-Jay date that produced "Time Is Marching" and the superfluous sequel "Mambo Chillun."

Taylor stuck around for a 1956 session that elicited two genuine Hooker classics, "Baby Lee" and "Dimples," and he was still deftly anchoring the rhythm section (Hooker's sense of timing was his and his alone, demanding big-eared sidemen) when the Boogie Man finally made it back to the R&B charts in 1958 with "I Love You Honey."

Vee-Jay presented Hooker in quite an array of settings during the early '60s. His grinding, tough blues "No Shoes" proved a surprisingly sizable hit in 1960, while the storming "Boom Boom," his top seller for the firm in 1962 (it even cracked the pop airwaves), was an infectious R&B dance number benefiting from the reported presence of some of Motown's house musicians. But there were also acoustic outings aimed squarely at the blossoming folk-blues crowd, as well as some attempts at up-to-date R&B that featured highly intrusive female background vocals (allegedly by the Vandellas) and utterly unyielding structures that hemmed Hooker in unmercifully.

British blues bands such as the Animals and Yardbirds idolized Hooker during the early '60s; Eric Burdon's boys cut a credible 1964 cover of "Boom Boom" that outsold Hooker's original on the American pop charts. Hooker visited Europe in 1962 under the auspices of the first American Folk Blues Festival, leaving behind the popular waxings "Let's Make It" and "Shake It Baby" for foreign consumption.

Back home, Hooker cranked out gems for Vee-Jay through 1964 ("Big Legs, Tight Skirt," one of his last offerings on the logo, was also one of his best), before undergoing another extended round of label-hopping (except this time, he was waxing whole LPs instead of scattered 78s). Verve-Folkways, Impulse, Chess, and BluesWay all enticed him into recording for them in 1965-1966 alone! His reputation among hip rock cognoscenti in the States and abroad was growing exponentially, especially after he teamed up with blues-rockers Canned Heat for the massively selling album Hooker 'n' Heat in 1970.

Eventually, though, the endless boogie formula grew incredibly stagnant. Much of Hooker's 1970s output found him laying back while plodding rock-rooted rhythm sections assumed much of the work load. A cameo in the 1980 movie The Blues Brothers was welcome, if far too short.

But Hooker wasn't through; not by a long shot. With the expert help of slide guitarist extraordinaire/producer Roy Rogers, the Hook waxed The Healer, an album that marked the first of his guest star-loaded albums (Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt, and Robert Cray were among the luminaries to cameo on the disc, which picked up a Grammy).

Major labels were just beginning to take notice of the growing demand for blues records, and Pointblank snapped Hooker up, releasing Mr. Lucky (this time teaming Hooker with everyone from Albert Collins and John Hammond to Van Morrison and Keith Richards). Once again, Hooker was resting on his laurels by allowing his guests to wrest much of the spotlight away from him on his own album, but by then, he'd earned it. Another Pointblank set, Boom Boom, soon followed.

Happily, Hooker enjoyed the good life throughout the '90s. He spent much of his time in semi-retirement, splitting his relaxation time between several houses acquired up and down the California coast. When the right offer came along, though, he took it, including an amusing TV commercial for Pepsi. He also kept recording, releasing such star-studded efforts as 1995's Chill Out and 1997's Don't Look Back. All this helped him retain his status as a living legend, and he remained an American musical icon; and his stature wasn't diminished upon his death from natural causes on June 21, 2001. ~ Bill Dahl
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Whiskey & Wimmen: John Lee Hooker's Finest

1. Boom Boom

2. Boogie Chillun

3. Dimples

4. I'm In The Mood

5. I Love You Honey

6. Whiskey And Wimmen

7. I Need Some Money

8. Grinder Man

9. I'm Going Upstairs

10. Big Legs, Tight Skirt

11. No More Doggin'

12. No Shoes

13. Crawlin' King Snake

14. Frisco Blues

15. It Serves Me Right

16. Time Is Marching

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Track List: Alone

2. I'm Bad Like Jesse James

3. Dark Room

4. I'll Never Get Out Of These Blues Alive

5. Boogie Chillen' (Live)

6. When My First Wife Left Me

7. Boom Boom (Live)

8. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer (Live)

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Track List: John Lee Hooker - Hard Times

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Track List: Boogie Chillun

1. Roll Me Over

2. Sally Mae

3. Highway Blues

5. Wednesday Evening Blues

7. Boogie Chillun

8. Henry's Swing Club

10. Stomp Boogie

11. Who's Been Jiving You

12. Black Man Blues

13. Poor Joe

14. Mercy Blues

15. Boogie Woogie

16. Good Business

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Track List: Bluebird

1. Mad Man Blues

2. Hey Boogie

3. Just Me And My Telephone

5. Hey Baby

6. The Journey

7. Bluebird

8. Apologize

9. Lonely Boy Boogie

10. Please Don't Go

11. Worried Life Blues

12. Blues For Big Town

13. Big Fine Woman

14. Blues For Christmas

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Track List: Legacy

1. Boom Boom

2. You've Taken My Woman

4. Baby Lee

5. Dimples

6. Four Woman In My Life

7. I'm So Excited

8. Trouble Blues

9. The Road Is So Rough

10. Walkin' The Boogie

11. Momma Poppa Boogie

13. Leave My Wife Alone

14. Burning Hell

15. I'm Ready

16. Boogie Chillen'

17. Sally May

18. Every Night

19. I Love You Honey

20. Blues Before Sunrise

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Track List: Ride Til' I Die

1. I Love You Baby (Hug And Squeeze You) (Part I)

2. The Syndicator

3. Cool Little Car

4. I Need Love So Bad

5. Shake Holler And Run

8. I'm Ready

10. Jump Me (One More Time)

11. Ride 'Til I Die

12. Love Money Can't Buy

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Track List: Original Folk Blues Of John Lee Hooker

1. Boogie Chillen

2. Queen Bee

3. Crawlin' King Snake

4. Weeping Willow Boogie

5. Whistlin' And Moanin' Blues

6. Sally Mae

7. Let's Talk It Over

8. Let Your Daddy Ride

9. Drifting From Door To Door

10. Cold Chills

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Track List: Huckle Up Baby

1. Big Fine Woman

2. Boogie Chillin'

3. Hobo Blues

4. Huckle Up Baby

5. I`M In The Mood

6. Juke Hop

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Track List: John Lee Hooker Sings John Lee Hooker (Digitally Remastered)

1. Old Time Shimmy

2. I Wanna Walk

3. Canal Street Blues

4. Run On

5. I'm A Stranger

6. Solid Sender

7. Sunny Land

9. I Can't Believe

10. I'll Know Tonight

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Track List: The Cream - Disc 2

1. Bar Room Drinking

3. Louise

4. When My First Wife Left Me

7. Boom Boom

8. It Serves Me Right To Suffer

9. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer

10. Crawlin' Kingsnake

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Track List: 12 Blues Classics

1. Storming On The Deep Blue Sea

2. Careless Love

3. Losing You

4. Friendless Blues

5. I Cover The Waterfront

6. Blues Stay Away From Me

7. Lost Everything

8. Working Man's Blues

9. Don't Want Nobody Else

10. Backwater Blues

11. Crazy Mixed Up World

12. Nothing But Trouble

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Track List: On The Waterfront

1. Don't Want Nobody Else

2. Storming On The Deep Blue Sea

3. Losing You

4. Go Back To School Little Girl

5. Don't Be Messin' With My Bread

6. Mai Lee

7. I Cover The Waterfront

8. Crazy Mixed Up World

9. Seven Days

10. Little Dreamer

11. Lost Everything

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Track List: Gets Into The Blues

1. Boom Boom

2. Dimples

3. Baby Please Don't Go

4. Whiskey And Women

5. The Numbers

6. Nightmare Blues

7. Slim's Stomp

8. Heart Trouble Blues

9. Wandering Blues

10. Late Last Night

11. Good Rockin' Mama

12. Baby Lee

13. Devil's Jump

14. House Rent Boogie

15. Who's Been Jivin' You

16. I'm Gonna Kill That Woman

17. Moaning Blues

18. Don't You Remember Me

19. Thinking Blues

20. I'm A Boogie Man

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Track List: Savoy Jazz Super EP

2. Goin' Mad Blues

4. Sittin' Here Thinkin'

5. Low Down Midnite Boogie

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Track List: Blues Six Pack

1. Baby, Please Don't Go

2. Burnin' Hell

3. Crawlin' King Snake (Live)

4. I Need Some Money

5. T.B. Is KIlling Me (Live)

6. Boogie Chillun (Live)

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Track List: Gold

Disc 1

5. Huckle Up Baby

7. Louise

8. Leave My Wife Alone

10. Please Don't Go

11. Walkin' The Boogie (Alternate Take)

12. Sugar Mama

14. It's My Own Fault

15. Baby Lee

16. Dimples

17. I Love You Honey

18. I Need Some Money

19. No Shoes

20. Boom Boom

Disc 2

2. It Serves You Right To Suffer

3. Shake It Baby

4. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer

5. The Waterfront

7. The Motor City Is Burning

8. Think Twice Before You Go

9. Backbiters And Syndicaters

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Track List: Too Much Boogie

1. Too Much Boogie

2. Bad Boy

3. Looking For Romance

4. Taxi Driver

5. Baby You Ain't No Good

6. Gotta Boogie

7. Half A Stranger

8. Baby I'm Gonna Miss You

11. Down Child

12. Need Somebody

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Track List: The Blues Biography

1. Trouble Blues

2. Everybody's Rockin'

3. Crawlin' Black Spider

5. I'm Mad Again

6. I Wanna Walk

7. Boom Boom

8. Maudie

9. Dimples

10. I'm So Excited

11. Onions

12. Drug Store Woman

13. War Is Over (Goodbye California)

14. House Rent Boogie

15. Hastings Street Boogie

18. Goin' Down Highway 51

19. Crawling King Snake

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Track List: The Best Of John Lee Hooker

1. Boom! Boom!

3. Good Rockin Mama

4. Let's Make It

5. Keep Your Hands To Yourself

6. No Shoes

8. Bottle Up And Go

10. Ain't No Big Thing

11. Baby Lee

12. Dimples

14. Time Is Marching

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Track List: Black Night Is Falling

1. Chicken and Gravy

2. Serves Me Right to Suffer

3. Boom Boom

4. Black Night

5. One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer

6. One Room Country Shack

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Track List: Jack O Diamonds: 1949 Recordings

1. Guitar Blues Instrumental

2. Two White Horses

3. Trouble In Mind

4. Catfish Blues

5. John Henry

6. How Long Blues

9. Waterboy

10. Six Little Puppies And Twelve Shaggy Hounds

11. In The Evening When The Sun Goes Down

13. Moses Smote The Water

14. Spoken Interlude

15. Rabbit On The Log

16. Come And See About Me

17. 33 Blues

18. She's Real Gone

19. I Wonder

20. Untitled Slow Blues

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Track List: Low Down Midnite Boogie

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Track List: I'm In The Mood

Disc 1

4. Canal Street Blues

5. Goin' To California

6. Whiskey And Wimmen

7. Run On

8. Solid Sender

9. Sunny Land

10. Dusty Road

11. I'm A Stranger

12. No Shoes

14. I Like To See You Walk

Disc 2

6. Maudie (Live)

8. Want Ad Blues

10. Hard Headed Woman

12. I'm Mad Again

13. Process

14. Thelma

Disc 3

2. Blues Before Sunrise

3. I Got A Letter This Morning

4. Onions

5. Big Soul

6. Frisco Blues

7. Take A Look At Yourself

10. I Want To Ramble

12. Poor Me

13. Birmingham Blues

14. Love Is A Burning Thing

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Track List: The Big Soul Of John Lee Hooker

1. San Francisco

2. Take A Look At Yourself

3. Send Me Your Pillow

4. She Shot Me Down

5. I Love Her

6. Old Time Shimmy

7. You Know I Love You

8. Big Soul

9. Good Rockin' Mama

10. Onions

11. No One Told Me (People Are Talking)

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Track List: Alone, Vol. 2

1. Feel Good (Live)

2. Some People

3. T.B. (Live)

4. Baby, Please Don't Go (Live)

5. Mama Killed A Chicken

6. Hobo

7. Tired Of Being Your Doggie

8. All Night Long (Live)

9. Crawlin' Kingsnake

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Track List: Face To Face

2. Dimples

6. It Serves Me Right To Suffer

7. Up And Down

8. Mad Man Blues

12. Turn Over A New Leaf

13. Wednesday Evening Blues

14. Boogie Chillen'

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Track List: The Early Years, Vol. 2

1. Boom Boom

2. Old Time Shimmy

3. I Want To Hug You

5. Good Rockin' Mama

6. Dusty Road

8. Thelma

9. Onions

10. Keep Your Hands To Yourself

11. I Want To Shout

14. I Want To Ramble

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Track List: Live At Sugar Hill Vol. 2

1. You Torture My Soul (Live At Sugar Hill)

2. Bottle Up & Go (Live At Sugar Hill)

3. Come Back Baby (Let's Talk It Over) (Live At Sugar Hill)

4. Catfish Blues (Live At Sugar Hill)

5. What's The Matter Baby (Live At Sugar Hill)

6. Jelly Jelly (Live At Sugar Hill)

7. The Things I Used To Do (Live At Sugar Hill)

8. Taxi Driver (Live At Sugar Hill)

9. I Love No One But My Baby (Live At Sugar Hill)

10. Crawlin' King Snake (Live At Sugar Hill)

11. I Can't Hold On (Live At Sugar Hill)

12. How Can You Do It (Live At Sugar Hill)

13. Let's Get It (Live At Sugar Hill)

14. Sinner's Prayer (Live At Sugar Hill)

15. That's All Right (Live At Sugar Hill)

16. What'd I Say (Live At Sugar Hill)

17. You Don't Miss Your Water (Live At Sugar Hill)

18. Third Degree (Live At Sugar Hill)

19. Five Long Years (Live At Sugar Hill)

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Track List: Early Years (1948-1953)

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Track List: Live At Newport

1. Introduction (Live At Newport)

2. Hobo Blues (Live At Newport)

3. Maudie (Live At Newport)

4. Introduction (Live At Newport)

5. I Can't Quit You Baby (Live At Newport)

6. Stop Now Baby (Live At Newport)

7. Tupelo (Live At Newport)

8. Sometimes You Make Me Feel So Bad (Live At Newport)

9. Bus Station Blues (Live At Newport)

10. Introduction (Live At Newport)

11. Let's Make It (Live At Newport)

12. Great Fire Of Natchez (Live At Newport)

13. Boom Boom (Live At Newport)

14. You'Re Gonna Need Another Favor (Live At Newport)

15. Introduction (Live At Newport)

16. Hobo Blues (Alternate Version) (Live At Newport)

17. Boom Boom (Alternate Version) (Live At Newport)

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Track List: Real Folk Blues/More Real Folk Blues

1. Let's Go Out Tonight

2. Peace Lovin' Man

3. Stella Mae

4. I Put My Trust In You

5. I'm In The Mood

6. You Know, I Know

7. I'll Never Trust Your Love Again

8. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer

9. The Waterfront

10. This Land Is Nobody's Land

11. Deep Blue Sea

12. Nobody Knows

13. Mustang Sally And GTO

14. Lead Me

15. Catfish

16. I Can't Quit You Baby

17. Want Ad Blues

18. House Rent Blues

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Track List: House Rent Boogie

1. House Rent Boogie (Alternate Take)

2. Sally Mae

3. Nobody To Talk To Me (AKA Mean Old Train)

4. Numbers Blues

5. Build Myself A Cave (Alternate Take)

6. Roll 'n' Roll

7. Anybody Seen My Baby

8. How Can You Do It

9. Key To The Highway (Alternate Take)

10. I Got Eyes For You

11. Blue Bird Blues

12. I Got Eyes For You

13. I'm In The Mood

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Track List: Detroit 1948-1949

1. Low Down Midnite Boogie

2. Grievin' Blues

3. Twister Blues

5. Landing Blues

6. Goin' Home Blues

7. Shady Grove Blues

8. Boogie Woogie

9. Good Business

10. Mercy Blues

11. Helpless Blues

12. Goin' Mad Blues

13. Morning Blues

14. Boogie Awhile

15. Tuesday Evening Blues

16. Miss Pearl Boogie

17. Road Trouble

18. 609 Boogie

19. Christmas Time Blues

20. Do The Boogie

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Track List: 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best Of John Lee Hooker

1. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer

2. I'm In The Mood

3. Think Twice Before You Go

4. I'm Bad Like Jesse James (Live At Cafe Au Go Go/1966)

5. Walkin' The Boogie

6. Sugar Mama

7. Dreamin' Blues

8. Ground Hog Blues

9. Shake It Baby

10. It's My Own Fault

11. Lonely Boy Boogie (A.K.A. New Boogie) (Extended Album Version)

12. It Serves You Right To Suffer

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Track List: The Best Of Friends

1. Boogie Chillen'

2. This Is Hip

3. The Healer

5. Boom Boom

6. I'm In The Mood

7. Burning Hell

8. Tupelo

9. Baby Lee

10. Dimples

11. Chill Out (Things Gonna Change)

12. Big Legs, Tight Skirt

13. Don't Look Back

14. Up And Down

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Track List: The Complete 50's Chess Recordings

Disc 1

1. Mad Man Blues

2. Hey Boogie

3. Louise (Single Version)

4. High Priced Woman (Single Version)

5. Union Station Blues (Single Version)

6. Ground Hog Blues (Single Version)

7. Leave My Wife Alone (Single Version)

8. Ramblin' By Myself (Single Version)

9. Dreamin' Blues

10. Just Me And My Telephone

11. Walkin' The Boogie (Alternate Take)

12. Sugar Mama (Single Version)

13. Please Don't Go

14. I Don't Want Your Money

15. Hey Baby

16. Bluebird

Disc 2

1. Walkin' The Boogie (Single Version)

2. Love Blues

3. Lonely Boy Boogie (A/Ka/ New Boogie)

4. Apologize

5. The Journey

6. Worried Life Blues

7. Down At The Landing

8. You Have Two Hearts

9. It's My Own Fault (Single Version)

10. Blues For Big Town

11. Women And Money (Single Version)

12. Big Fine Woman (Single Version)

13. Tell Me Baby (Single Version)

14. Blues For Christmas

15. Cry Baby Cry

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Track List: His Best Chess Sides

1. Mad Man Blues

6. Sugar Mama

7. Walkin' The Boogie (Alternate Take)

8. Bluebird

9. Please Don't Go

10. Blues For Big Town

11. Worried Life Blues

14. The Waterfront

15. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer

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Track List: Don't Look Back

1. Dimples

2. The Healing Game

3. Ain't No Big Thing

4. Don't Look Back

5. Blues Before Sunrise

6. Spellbound

7. Travellin' Blues

8. I Love You Honey

9. Frisco Blues

10. Red House

11. Rainy Day

12. Send Me Your Pillow (Bonus Track)

13. Blues Before Sunrise (Bonus Track)

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Track List: The Best Hooker 'N' Heat

1. You Talk Too Much

2. Burning Hell

3. Bottle Up And Go

4. The World Today

5. I Got My Eyes On You

6. Whiskey And Wimmen'

7. Just You And Me

8. Let's Make It

9. Peavine

10. Boogie Chillen No. 2

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Track List: Blues Legend

1. Doin' The Shout (Album Version)

2. The Motor City Is Burning

3. House Rent Boogie

4. Cry Before I Go

5. (I Got) A Good 'Un

6. I Don't Need No Steam Heat

7. Back Biters And Syndicators

8. Hey Boogie (Single Version)

9. Mr. Lucky (Album Version)

10. Boom Boom (Album Version)

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Track List: The Very Best Of John Lee Hooker

1. Boogie Chillen'

2. Crawlin' King Snake

3. Hobo Blues

4. Huckle Up Baby

5. I'm In The Mood

6. I Need Some Money

7. Dimples

8. Boom Boom

9. Shake It Baby

10. Big Legs, Tight Skirt

11. It Serves You Right To Suffer

12. You Know, I Know

13. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer

14. I'm Bad Like Jesse James

15. Burning Hell

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Track List: Chill Out

1. Chill Out (Things Gonna Change)

2. Deep Blue Sea

3. Kiddio

4. Medley Serves Me Right To Suffer / Syndicator

5. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer

6. Tupelo

7. Woman On My Mind

8. Annie Mae

9. Too Young

10. Talkin' The Blues

11. If You've Never Been In Love

12. We'll Meet Again

13. Down So Low: Bonus Track (Previously Unreleased)

14. Fire Down Below: Bonus Track (Previously Unreleased)

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Track List: Boom Boom

1. Boom Boom

2. I'm Bad Like Jesse James

3. Same Old Blues Again

4. Sugar Mama

5. Trick Bag (Shoppin' For My Tombstone)

6. Boogie At Russian Hill

7. Hittin' The Bottle Again

8. Bottle Up And Go

9. Thought I Heard

10. I Ain't Gonna Suffer No More

11. Dimples

12. Ain't No Love In This House

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Track List: Graveyard Blues

1. War Is Over (Goodbye California)

2. Henry's Swing Club

3. Alberta

4. Hastings Street Boogie

5. Build Myself A Cave

6. Momma Poppa Boogie

7. Graveyard Blues

8. Burnin' Hell (1992)

9. Sailing Blues

10. Black Cat Blues

11. Miss Sadie Mae

12. Canal Street Blues

13. Huckle Up Baby

14. Goin' Down Highway 51

15. Sail On, Little Girl, Sail On

16. Alberta (Part 2)

17. My Baby's Got Something

18. Boogie Chillen #2

19. Twenty-One Boogie

20. Do My Baby Think Of Me (1992)

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Track List: The Best Of John Lee Hooker 1965 To 1974

1. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer

2. Decoration Day

3. Backbiters And Syndicaters

4. Doin' The Shout

5. Never Get Out Of These Blues Alive (Feat. Van Morrison)

6. I'm In The Mood

7. Mr. Lucky

8. I'm Bad Like Jesse James (1966/Live At Cafe Au Go Go)

9. Shake It Baby

10. Bluebird

11. The Motor City Is Burning

12. It Serves You Right To Suffer

13. Think Twice Before You Go

14. House Rent Boogie

15. The Waterfront

16. Bang Bang Bang Bang

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Track List: Half A Stranger, Vol. 1

1. Bad Boy

2. The Syndicator

3. I Love Ya Baby

4. Baby, I'm Gonna Miss You

5. Half A Stranger

6. Shake Holler And Run

7. Down Child

8. Gonna Boogie

9. Baby You Ain't No Good

10. Lookin' For A Woman

12. Hobo Blues

13. Ride 'Til I Die

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Track List: Mr. Lucky

1. I Want To Hug You

2. Mr. Lucky

3. Backstabbers

4. This Is Hip

5. I Cover The Waterfront

6. Highway 13

7. Stripped Me Naked

8. Susie

9. Crawlin' King Snake

10. Father Was A Jockey

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Track List: The Country Blues Of John Lee Hooker

1. Black Snake

2. How Long Blues

3. Wobblin' Baby

4. She's Long, She's Tall, She Weeps Like A Willow Tree

5. Pea Vine Special

6. Tupelo Blues

7. I'm Prison Bound

8. I Rowed A Little Boat

9. Water Boy

10. Church Bell Tone

11. Bundle Up And Go

12. Good Morning Lil' School Girl

13. Behind The Plow

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Track List: The Healer

1. The Healer

2. I'm In The Mood

3. Baby Lee

5. Think Twice Before You Go

6. Sally Mae

9. My Dream

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Track List: Jealous

1. Jealous

2. Ninety Days

3. Early One Morning (1986 Re-Recording)

4. When My First Wife Left Me (1986 Re-Recording)

5. Boogie Woman (1986 Re-Recording)

6. Well Well

7. I Didn't Know (1986 Re-Recording)

8. We'll Meet Again (1986 Re-Recording)

9. Worried Life Blues (1986 Re-Recording)

10. Ninety Days (Reprise)

11. Lonely Man

12. Decoration Day

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Track List: Never Get Out Of These Blues Alive

1. Bumblebee Bumblebee

2. Hit The Road

3. Country Boy

4. Boogie With The Hook

5. T.B. Sheets

6. Letter To My Baby

7. Never Get Out Of These Blues Alive (Feat. Van Morrison)

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Track List: Boogie Chillun (Live)

1. I Just Can't Hold On Much Longer (Live At Sugar Hill)

2. I'm Gonna Keep On Walking (Live At Sugar Hill)

3. I Was Standing By The Wayside (Live At Sugar Hill)

4. T.B. Is Killing Me (Live At Sugar Hill)

5. Run On Babe (Live At Sugar Hill)

6. This World (Live At Sugar Hill)

7. I Like To See You Walk (Live At Sugar Hill)

8. It's You I Love, Baby (Live At Sugar Hill)

9. Driftin' And Driftin' (Live At Sugar Hill)

10. You Gonna Miss Me (Live At Sugar Hill)

11. You're Nice And Kind To Me Lou Della (Live)

12. I Need Some Money (Live)

13. I Want To Get Married (Live)

14. Boogie Chillen' (Live)

15. Night Time Is The Right Time (Live)

16. You Don't Move Me Baby (Live)

17. You Been Dealin' With The Devil (Live)

18. Cruel Little Baby (Live)

19. Key To The Highway (Live)

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Track List: Endless Boogie (Reissue)

1. (I Got) A Good 'Un

2. House Rent Boogie

3. Kick Hit 4 Hit Kix U (Blues For Jimi And Janis)

4. Standin' At The Crossroads

5. Pots On, Gas On High

6. We Might As Well Call It Through (I Didn't Get Married To Your Two-Timing Mother)

7. Doin' The Shout

8. A Sheep Out On The Foam

9. I Don't Need No Steam Heat

10. Sittin' In My Dark Room

11. Endless Boogie, Parts 27 And 28

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Track List: No Friend Around

1. Stomp Boogie

2. Black Man Blues

3. Helpless Blues

4. Goin' Mad Blues

5. Morning Blues

7. No Friend Around

9. John L's House Rent Boogie

10. Wandering Blues

11. Landing Blues

12. My Baby's Got Something

13. Decoration Day Blues

14. Do The Boogie

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Track List: That's Where It's At!

1. Teachin' The Blues

2. Goin' To Louisiana

3. I Need You

4. My Love Comes Down For You

5. Please Don't Go

6. I Just Don't Know

7. Slow And Easy

8. Two White Horses

9. Feel So Bad

10. Grinder Man

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Track List: Urban Blues

1. Cry Before I Go

2. Boom Boom

3. Backbiters And Syndicaters

4. Mr. Lucky

5. My Own Blues

6. I Can't Stand To Leave You

7. Think Twice Before You Go

8. I'm Standing In Line

9. Hot Spring Water (Part I)

10. Hot Spring Water (Part II)

11. The Motor City Is Burning

12. I Gotta Go To Vietnam

13. Messin' 'Round With The Blues

14. Hold On Baby

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Track List: Live At The Cafe Au Go Go (And Soledad Prison)

1. I'm Bad Like Jesse James (1966/Live At Cafe Au Go Go))

2. She's Long, She's Tall (She Weeps Like A Willow Tree)

3. When My First Wife Left Me (Live)(1966)

4. Heartaches And Misery

5. One Bourbon, One Scotch And One Beer (Live)(1966)

6. I Don't Want No Trouble (Live)(1966)

7. I'll Never Get Out Of These Blues Alive (Live)(1966)

8. Seven Days

9. What's The Matter Baby

10. Lucille

11. Boogie Everywhere I Go

12. Serve Me Right To Suffer

13. Bang Bang Bang Bang

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Track List: It Serves You Right To Suffer

1. Shake It Baby

2. Country Boy

3. Bottle Up And Go

4. You're Wrong

5. Sugar Mama

6. Decoration Day

7. Money

8. It Serves You Right To Suffer

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Track List: The Real Folk Blues

1. Let's Go Out Tonight (Single Version)

2. Peace Lovin' Man

3. Stella Mae

4. I Put My Trust In You

5. I'm In The Mood (Single Version)

6. You Know, I Know

7. I'll Never Trust Your Love Again

8. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer

9. The Waterfront

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Track List: On Campus

1. I'm Leaving

2. Love Is A Burning Thing

3. Birmingham Blues

4. I Want To Shout

5. Don't Look Back (1963 Recording)

6. I Want To Hug You

7. Poor Me

8. I Want To Ramble

9. Half A Stranger

10. My Grinding Mill

11. Bottle Up And Go (1963 Recording)

12. One Way Ticket

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Track List: Don't Turn Me From Your Door

1. Stuttering Blues

2. Pouring Down Rain

3. You Lost A Good Man

4. Love My Baby

5. Misbelieving Baby

6. Drifting Blues

7. Wobbling Baby

8. Goin' South

9. Don't Turn Me From Your Door

10. My Baby Don't Love Me

11. I Ain't Got Nobody

12. Real Real Gone

13. Guitar Lovin' Man

14. Talk About Your Baby

15. Blue Monday

16. My Baby Put Me Down

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Track List: Burnin'

1. Boom Boom

2. Process

3. Lost A Good Girl

4. A New Leaf

5. Blues Before Sunrise

6. Let's Make It

7. I Got A Letter (This Morning)

8. Thelma

9. Drug Store Woman

10. Keep Your Hands To Yourself (She's Mine)

11. What Do You Say

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Track List: The Folk Lore Of John Lee Hooker

1. Tupelo

2. I'm Mad Again

3. I'm Going Upstairs

4. Want Ad Blues

5. Five Long Years

6. I Like To See You Walk

7. The Hobo

8. Hard-Headed Woman

9. Wednesday Evening Blues

10. Take Me As I Am

11. My First Wife Left Me

12. You're Looking Good Tonight

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Track List: Plays & Sings The Blues (Reissue)

1. The Journey

2. I Don't Want Your Money

3. Hey Baby

4. Mad Man Blues

5. Bluebird

6. Worried Life Blues

7. Apologize

8. Lonely Boy Boogie

9. Please Don't Go

10. Dreamin' Blues

11. Hey Boogie

12. Just Me And My Telephone

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Track List: Travelin'

1. No Shoes

2. I Wanna Walk

3. Canal Street Blues

4. Run On

5. I'm A Stranger

6. Whiskey And Wimmen

7. Solid Sender

8. Sunny Land

9. Goin' To California

10. I Can't Believe

11. I'll Know Tonight

12. Dusty Road

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Track List: That's My Story

1. I Need Some Money

2. Come On And See About Me (1960)

3. I'm Wanderin'

4. Democrat Man

5. I Want To Talk About You

6. Gonna Use My Rod

7. Wednesday Evenin' Blues (1960)

8. No More Doggin'

9. One Of These Days

10. I'll Believe I'll Go Back Home

11. You're Leavin' Me Baby

12. That's My Story

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Track List: House Of The Blues

1. Walkin' The Boogie