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Below the fold you will find a video of two legends – John Lee Hooker and Santana – together, performing ‘The Healer’. Bear in mind that the cool old cat John Lee Hooker was in his 70s when this came out. The music is simply bewitching though it’s nothing sophisticated.

Aside from the musical aspects of this performance, … I’m not a big fan of suits but John Lee Hooker is one of the few people, along with Paul Keating and the fictional Bruce Wayne (aka Batman) of comic books who sometimes makes me think that they can be worth wearing.

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October 22, 2006 at 10:38 pm

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  1. Here is another famous singer that wears a suit.


    October 22, 2006 at 11:29 pm

  2. Allahu akbar.

    Rather unfortunate choice of song …

    Jason Soon

    October 22, 2006 at 11:38 pm

  3. I think this one tops “don’t download this song”!


    October 23, 2006 at 1:04 am

  4. The day he fellates an Octopus leg i’ll be impressed.


    October 23, 2006 at 2:32 am

  5. I saw Little Richard live last year in London, and he was great. Most of his act these days is hilariously bitchy patter about other artists. He said: “John Lee Hooker, he started out with me”…(pause)…”He can’t really play, you know.”

    As far as the suit thing goes, you’d be hard pressed to beat these suitmeisters:

    Daniel Barnes

    October 23, 2006 at 8:05 am

  6. John Lee Hooker is rather good for a youngun like yourself Jase.

    What next the Butterfield blues band?

    Bring Back EP at LP

    October 23, 2006 at 8:52 am

  7. Little Ritchy was both right and a little bitchy, deliberately misdirecting our attention.
    John Lee was never a guitar virtuoso (& he said so many times). Indeed, in the same mistaken kind of a way you could say he never was much of a song writer (though he was an innovator as a blues lyricist). There certainly is some less than inspirational music in his oeuvre, whether as written or recorded, and a lot of it sounds the same. As he emphasised, he really just did the same thing over and over.
    He did have a special voice and special presence, but that too misses the point.
    Hooker brought boogie to blues and influenced a wide range of 20th C. musicians and music—the younger rock and blues guitarists who have paid some form of homage to him reads like a who’s who list. Starting from nowhere, he made his music somewhere. He had a virtually unique style of playing and vocal phrasing, though the latter is clearly a variant on the delta blues. Yet he never claimed much originality, and always acknowledged his teachers and influences.
    He wrote possibly less than a handful of songs that your gut recognises as great, and a few more that attention also identifies as great… something most song writers can only hope for. There are recordings, over the course of dozens of years, where the blues never sounded better.
    In short, not a technical great, just one of the greatest.


    October 24, 2006 at 1:18 am

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