BOOGIE CHILLUN

Latest update on 11/01/2016

Artist: John Lee Hooker
Author: John Lee Hooker/Bernard Besman
Label: Modern
Year: 1948

N°1 R&B; oldest electric Delta blues hit. Pure solo but he sounds like a whole band. Learned this way of playing (no boogie!) from his stepfather William Moore. See also: Feelin' Good and Shake Your Hips.

Covers:

1953:

Little Junior's Blue Flames [as Feelin' Good (see there); inspired at least as many covers as Boogie Chillun]

1962:

Big Joe Williams

1965:

John Fred & His Playboy Band

1966:

Magic Sam

1967:

Canned Heat [as Gotta Boogie (The World Boogie) and in '68 as Fried Hookey Boogie; Al Wilson's solo as in Hooker's Hoogie Boogie ('48 - Modern)]

1969:

Slim Harpo

1970:

John Lee Hooker & Canned Heat

1973:

ZZ Top [in La Grange; sued for this]

1981:

Buddy Guy & Junior Wells

1981:

Geoff Muldaur & The Nite

1982:

George Thorogood [as New Boogie Chillun]

1987:

Hank Williams Jr. [als La Grange]

1990:

Hugo Race

1991:

R.L. Burnside

1995:

Otha Turner [as Boogie]

1998:

Beau Jocque

The Hastings Street in the song is the street in Detroit where John Lee played and where he was discovered by Bernie Besman from Pan American Records, at the time the only professional record company in the Motor City. Three lame blues tunes made no impression, but this (nameless) boogie that wasn't even a boogie, got recorded, boomed and had to be leased to the more powerfull westcoast label Modern.

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