John Lee Hooker
The Definitive Collection
The Ultimate Collection (1948-1990)
The Very Best of John Lee Hooker [Rhino]

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Detroit blues has historically been overshadowed for two reasons: the wealth of other music for which the city is better known (gospel, jazz, Motown, hard-driving rock & roll), and the much more celebrated scene of its Midwestern neighbor Chicago. Only one performer rose to fame directly through the Detroit blues scene: John Lee Hooker, whose idiosyncratic style was difficult to imitate and thus never became the standard sound of the city. Aside from Hooker, Detroit blues was stylistically very similar to Chicago blues: rooted in the Mississippi Delta, it was the music of Southern blacks who migrated north to work in the auto plants, and began to play familiar music using amplified electric instruments. Like Chicago, the Detroit blues scene hit its creative prime in the late '40s and early '50s, centered around the clubs on Hastings Street and the surrounding Black Bottom neighborhood. Pianist Big Maceo Merriweather went on to greater fame on the Chicago scene, but for the most part, Detroit's finest performers -- including singer Alberta Adams and guitarists/singers Calvin Frazier, Eddie Burns, and Johnnie Bassett -- gained little recognition outside of their hometown, due in part to a relative lack of promotion and recording opportunities. Detroit's blues scene was nearly wiped out by the advent of Motown, but gradually rebuilt itself thanks to promoter and former recording artist Bobo Jenkins; it survives today, still on a mostly local basis.

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John Lee Hooker
John Lee Hooker

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Detroit Blues Album Highlights

The Definitive Collection
John Lee Hooker
The Definitive Collection
The Ultimate Collection (1948-1990)
John Lee Hooker
The Ultimate Collection ...
The Very Best of John Lee Hooker [Rhino]
John Lee Hooker
The Very Best of John Lee ...
The Legendary Modern Recordings 1948-1954
John Lee Hooker
The Legendary Modern ...
The Early Years
John Lee Hooker
The Early Years
Plays and Sings the Blues
John Lee Hooker
Plays and Sings the Blues

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Detroit Blues Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Crawlin' King Snake John Lee Hooker
Boogie Chillen' John Lee Hooker
I'm Bad Like Jesse James John Lee Hooker
Crawlin' King Snake John Lee Hooker
Whiskey and Wimmen' John Lee Hooker
Mad Man Blues John Lee Hooker
Poor Joe John Lee Hooker
It Serves Me Right to Suffer John Lee Hooker
Let's Make It John Lee Hooker
Wobbling Baby John Lee Hooker

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