Lee Hooker Tribute CD
Music Industry News - as it happens
Source: Mi2N - November 19, 2001
Recording has started in London, England, and in the US on Volume I of an as
yet un-named, but star-packed, album celebrating John Lee Hooker, the blues
and boogie legend who died in June this year.
Hooker was born in 1917 to a family of Mississippi sharecroppers and as a
teenager, ran off to Memphis. He eventually settled in Detroit in the 40s,
working in an auto factory by day and playing and singing the blues by
night. In 1948, he recorded "Boogie Chillen," which rose to # 1 on the 1948
R&B charts. Hooker recorded for many labels, using aliases such as John Lee
Cooker, Delta John and the Boogie Man.
Blue Storm Music says several tracks have already been completed under Cream
lyricist Pete Brown; that Jeff Beck has finished versions of the Hooker
arrangement "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" joined by a full gospel choir and,
and "Hobo Blues" with Earl Green, Richard Bailey, Dave "Munch" Moore and
Another completed session is with keyboardist/vocalist Gary Brooker of
Procol Harum fame, guitarist Andy Fairweather-Low, drummer Henry Spinetti
and bassist Matt Peg on "Baby Le" and "Little Wheel." The remaining London
sessions are still being finalized with other artists.
In the US, LLC - Leo Lyons and Ric Lee of Ten Years After and guitar
wizard/vocalist Vince Converse - has completed "Jesse James". Other US
sessions include performances from George Thorogood, Little Feat, a
representation from The Grateful Dead and a track from Hooker's daughter
Zakiya Hooker and her band Bluz 4 U. Zakiya will also be contributing liner
notes and family photos.
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