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Blues legend John Lee Hooker dead

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Jun 22, 2001 | 6:34am EDT

John Lee Hooker, the legendary boogie-woogie blues guitarist who influenced a generation of rock 'n' roll musicians, died Thursday at his home in Los Altos, Calif., of natural causes. He was 83.

Born in Mississippi in 1917 the son of a sharecropping minister, Mr. Hooker grew up in the Delta, learning to play the blues. After moving to Detroit, he perfected his particular urban brand of boogie-woogie sound.

His hits, including his first, 1948's "Boogie Chillen," and "I'm in the Mood" and "Crawlin' King Snake" in 1951, firmly put him on the blues charts. Later, in the 1960s, such British bands as the Rolling Stones, the Animals and the Yardbirds worshipped Mr. Hooker, adding many of his techniques to their own styles.

In a recording career that spanned more than 50 years and 100 albums, Mr. Hooker had played with such artists as Van Morrison, Carlos Santana, Los Lobos, Pete Townshend and Bonnie Raitt. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 and received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy in 2000.

"I been doing the same things as in my younger days, when I was coming up, and now here I am, an old man, up there in the charts," Mr. Hooker said, as reported by Variety. "And I say, well, what happened? Have they just thought up the real John Lee Hooker, is that it? And I think, well, I won't tell nobody else! I can't help but wonder what happened."

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