John Lee Hooker was one of the great figures in American popular music and one of Epiphone’s most ardent supporters. In the 1950s, Hooker’s commanding voice and original fusion of Delta blues and boogie woogie made his records deeply influential to a wide assortment of artists. The Hooker style would eventually reach far beyond the blues into rock ‘n’ roll, folk, and country.
Hooker’s fans include Carl Perkins, Ry Cooder, Hot Tuna, Junior Parker, Van Morrison, the Rolling Stones, Bo Diddley, Peter Wolf, Little Feat, George Thorogood, John Lennon, Bonnie Raitt, and Bob Dylan among many more. Friends of Hank Williams claim Williams made private recordings of Hooker's songs and according to Billy Bragg
, even Woody Guthrie was known to be fan of Hooker’s 1948 classic, “Boogie Chillin’” and was considering making the switch to electric guitar had he not been stricken by Huntington's disease.
This Saturday August 19, The John Lee Hooker Foundation
will host Centennial of the Blues
, a celebration of the 100th
anniversary of Hooker’s birth at the Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland, California with a silent auction, an Epiphone guitar giveaway, special guest speakers, and performances by Lloyd Gregory and the Bobby Young Project with special guest Hooker’s daughter Zakiya.
During his 50 year career, John Lee Hooker was a fan of many Epiphone archtops including the rare late 50s Zephyr and the Sheraton,
which Hooker referred to as an “outdid 335.” John Lee has been a part of the modern Epiphone story from the very beginning and we still feel he’s a part of our story today. Stay tuned for more good John Lee news soon. There's no such thing as too much boogie woogie.