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The Legend

John Lee Hooker

Hall Of Fame

Funky. Mesmerizing. Prehistoric. Timeless. John Lee Hooker is in a league of his own.

The mean licks, the gruff voice and the rumbling funk are all part of the mysterious figure that is John Lee Hooker. He got his start in the Forties and chugged along for the rest of his life, picking up a Grammy at the ripe age of 81.

This album features the iconic track "Boogie Chillen," which is considered one of the first rock and roll songs. It showcases Hooker's raw, rhythmic style and innovative guitar playing.

●   "Boogie Chillen" (1949)

This album marked a comeback for Hooker, featuring collaborations with notable artists like Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt, and George Thorogood. It helped introduce his music to a new generation.

●   "The Healer" (1989)

Released posthumously, this album features recordings from Hooker's final sessions. It includes powerful tracks like "Don't Look Back" and "This Is Hip," showcasing his timeless blues style.

●   "Don't Look Back" (1997)

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John Lee Hooker Legacy Spirits is the story of a cultural icon told through high-quality spirits crafted by his family. Through each premium offering, The Hook continues to live on and invites bourbon enthusiasts to become a part of a remarkable narrative of two American spirits. Every sip of Boogie Chillen’ Bourbon 1948 tells a story of passion, authenticity, and a shared love for music and bourbon. It embodies the soulful essence of the blues, capturing the spirit of a bygone era while delighting modern-day enthusiasts with its rich flavors and smooth finish. Together, let's preserve the heritage and keep the music alive, one sip at a time.

John Lee Hooker is the story of modern America, portrayed through the incredible and touching journey of a singer-songwriter who has left an incomparable mark on today’s music and whose legacy will live on through his daughter and grandson. As children, Zakiya and Glenn were exposed to their father and grandfather’s love of music and bourbon, mesmerized by the stories that his guitar weaved, the raw emotion that poured from his voice, and most importantly, the bourbon in his glass.

Known to music fans around the world as “The King of the Boogie,” John Lee Hooker is considered one of the true superstars of the blues genre: the ultimate beholder of cool. Born in Tutwiler, Mississippi, on August 22, 1917, the four-time GRAMMY award-winning Blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist began playing guitar at a young age, greatly influenced by his stepfather William Moore, a Blues musician credited for shaping Hooker’s unique style on the instrument.

In the 1940s, Hooker moved to Detroit, Michigan, and soon became a permanent fixture in the city’s vibrant blues scene. Characterized by its simple yet powerful melodies, driving rhythms, and soulful vocals, John Lee Hooker was a master of the 12-bar blues form. During his lifelong career, he wrote many classics, including "Boogie Chillen', which became a number-one jukebox hit, "Boom Boom," and "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer." Over the next 15 years, John Lee Hooker signed to a new label, Vee-Jay Records, and maintained a prolific recording schedule, releasing over 100 songs on the imprint.

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