Born near Clarksdale, Mississippi in 1917 to a sharecropper family, John Lee Hooker was one of the last
links to the blues of the deep South. He moved to Detroit in the early 1940's and by 1948 had scored his
first number-one jukebox hit and million-seller, "Boogie Chillun." Other hits soon followed, "I'm In The
Mood," "Crawling Kingsnake," and "Boom Boom" among the biggest. During the 1950s and '60s, Vee Jay Records
released a remarkable string of more than 100 of John Lee's songs.
By 1970, John Lee had moved to California and begun working with rock musicians, notably Van Morrison and
Canned Heat, with whom he collaborated on several albums and tours. Hooker continued to tour the U.S. and
Europe throughout the '70s and '80s, but it was the release in 1989 of his album, The Healer, that
catapulted him back to million-seller status and began what has been the most successful period of his
He followed The Healer with Mr. Lucky, Boom Boom, Chill Out, Don't Look Back and Best of Friends. In 1991,
John Lee was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. On September 11, 1997 he received a star on
Hollywood's Walk of Fame and on October 3rd, 1997 John Lee Hooker's Boom Boom Room* opened in San Francisco.
Don't Look Back, produced by Van Morrison and featuring a track by long time admirers, Los Lobos, was
released in Spring of '97. He received two Grammy Awards for this album in 1998. In late October of '98,
John Lee released his latest album, Best Of Friends, which features the best of his collaborations with
legendary musicians and friends over the last 10 years and includes a 50th anniversary version of his first
hit, "Boogie Chillun."
*(John Lee Hooker was not an owner of the club but licensed his name to the club for a term of 5 years.)