Earl Hooker facts for kids
|Birth name||Earl Zebedee Hooker|
January 15, 1929|
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
|Died||April 21, 1970
Chicago, Illinois, USA
|Years active||1940s – 1970|
|Labels||Arhoolie, Sun, King|
Life and career
Earl Hooker was born Earl Zebedee Hooker in Clarksdale, Mississippi. He taught himself to play guitar around the age of 10 and began going to the Lyon & Healy Music School in 1941 soon after.
While a teen, Hooker played on Chicago street corners, sometimes with Bo Diddley. He also became friends with slide guitarist Robert Nighthawk, which led to Hooker playing slide guitar and some performances with Nighthawk's group outside of Chicago.
Hooker made his first recordings mainly 78 rpm and 45 rpm records in 1952 and 1953 for small labels Rockin', King, and Sun. Hooker spent most of the '60s playing in Chicago clubs with his band.
In 1969 he recorded an album, Hooker 'n Steve, with organist Steve “Mr. Blues” Miller for Arhoolie Records. Hooker also played slide guitar on the 1962 Muddy Waters recording "You Shook Me". The 1970 album Sweet Black Angel, co-producer Ike Turner contain songs "I Feel Good", "Drivin' Wheel", "Country and Western", "Boogie", Don't Blot! "Shuffle", "Catfish Blues", "Crosscut Saw", "Sweet Home Chicago", "Mood", and "Funky Blues".
Earl Hooker died at the age of 41 from tuberculosis. He is buried in the Restvale Cemetery in Alsip, Illinois. His story was told in a 2001 book by author Sebastian Danchin titled Earl Hooker, Blues Master.
|2006||An Introduction to Earl Hooker (Original Remastered)||Blues||Fuel 2000|
|1970||Sweet Black Angel||Blues||One Way Records|
|1969||Two Bugs & A Roach||Blues||Arhoolie|
|1969||Don't Have to Worry||Blues||Pony Canyon|
|1969||Hooker 'n Steve||Blues||Arhoolie|
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