|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[change | change source]
Early life[change | change source]
Teen life[change | change source]
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.
First band[change | change source]
First album[change | change source]
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".
Death[change | change source]
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.
Discography[change | change source]
|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|
References[change | change source]
- Unsung Heroes of The Blues Earl Hooker: The Best Yet?
- Find a Grave: Earl Z. Hooker
- Danchin, Sebastian. Earl Hooker, Blues Master, University Press of Mississippi, (2001) - ISBN 157806306X.