John Lee Hooker is one of many legendary bluesmen born in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

He was launched to fame only after he left Clarksdale, in 1948 when he recorded Boogie Chillen’ in a studio in Detroit, Michigan. One of the first Mississippi blues songs to be recorded on an electric guitar, it was also the first #1 hit by a Mississippi Bluesman.

The sound is stark, primitive and timeless – and it launched a generation of musical inspiration that deeply influenced the development of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

B.B. King is reported to have said of Boogie Chillen’ “Hardly anybody around who was playing at that time didn’t play ‘Boogie Chillen.’ if you didn’t play ‘Boogie Chillen’ at that time, people probably look at you and wonder what was wrong with you. It was such a big record”

Buddy Guy, describing it’s impact on him at age 13. “That was the first thing I thought I learned how to play that I knew sounded right when someone would listen.”

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