Earl Hooker- Walking the floor/ Off the Hook

Earl Hooker was a guitarist’s guitarist, one of the finest slide blues guitarist of his generation. Born in Clarksdale Mississippi (he is a cousin of John Lee Hooker) but his musical career didn’t really start until his family moved to Chicago, where Earl would cut his musical teeth playing on street corners (occasionally with Bo Diddley). Earl would strike up a friendship with legendary blues slide guitarist Robert Nighthawk, who would develop Earl’s own technique (not dissimilar to Nighthawk’s own).  In 1949 Earl moved to Memphis to join Ike Turner’s band and they began touring the south, he also appeared on Memphis Radio (KFFA) with Sonny Boy Williamson (Rice Miller) before returning to Chicago in the 1950’s where he formed his own band.

He made recordings for small labels such as Sun, King and Rockin, he even appeared on English TV show “ready, steady, go” during a European tour. Hooker spent ,most of the 60’s playing Chicago clubs (mostly alongside harp player Junior Wells).

Earl also toured with the American Folk Blues Package where this clip comes from.

Hooker suffered from Tuberculosis for most of his life and this probably prevented him from becoming a bigger star, he finally succumbed to the disease in 1970 at the age of 41.

Advertisements

~ by nathansears74 on January 9, 2008.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: