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Pop / Rock 21/06/2001

Bluesman John Lee Hooker dies at 83

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Bluesman John Lee Hooker, whose foot stompin' and gravelly voice on songs like "Boom Boom" and "Boogie Chillen" electrified audiences and inspired generations of musicians, died Thursday. He was 83. Hooker died of natural causes as he slept at his home in Los Altos, south of San Francisco, said agent Mike Kappus and manager Rick Bates. The veteran blues singer from the Mississippi Delta estimated he recorded more than 100 albums over nearly seven decades. He won a Grammy Award for a version of "I'm In The Mood," was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 and received a Lifetime Achievement Award at last year's Grammys. "There are no superlatives to describe the profound impact John Lee left in our hearts," musician Carlos Santana said in a statement Thursday. "When I was a child he was the first circus I wanted to run away with." Among those whose music drew heavily on Hooker's style are Van Morrison, the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and Bonnie Raitt. Full article at:

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