John Lee Hooker

1917 - 2001

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John Lee Hooker (August 22, 1912 or 1917 – June 21, 2001) was an American blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist. The son of a sharecropper, he rose to prominence performing an electric guitar-style adaptation of Delta blues that he developed in Detroit. Hooker often incorporated other elements, including talking blues and early North Mississippi hill country blues. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Lee Hooker has received more than 3,082,532 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). John Lee Hooker is the 141st most popular singer (down from 131st in 2019), the 909th most popular biography from United States (down from 852nd in 2019) and the 49th most popular American Singer.

John Lee Hooker is most famous for his blues music and his guitar playing.

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  • 3.1M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 63.31

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 54

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 5.17

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.37

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of John Lee Hookers by language

Over the past year John Lee Hooker has had the most page views in the with 480,538 views, followed by German (48,510), and French (37,746). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Simple English (214.29%), Cantonese (91.97%), and Ilocano (79.37%)


Among singers, John Lee Hooker ranks 141 out of 4,381Before him are Bryan Adams, Falco, Marie-Louise O'Murphy, Manu Chao, Georges Moustaki, and Maria Malibran. After him are Bryan Ferry, Billy Joel, Astrud Gilberto, Chris Norman, Esma Redžepova, and Roberto Carlos.

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Among people born in 1917, John Lee Hooker ranks 35Before him are Nur Muhammad Taraki, Rochus Misch, Sven Hassel, Tove Ditlevsen, Dizzy Gillespie, and John B. Calhoun. After him are Fernando Rey, Herbert A. Hauptman, Kiro Gligorov, John Kendrew, Jane Wyman, and George Gaynes. Among people deceased in 2001, John Lee Hooker ranks 30Before him are Marie José of Belgium, Clifford Shull, Robert Ludlum, Dương Văn Minh, William Hanna, and Zhang Xueliang. After him are Nguyễn Văn Thiệu, Princess Sophie of Greece and Denmark, Morris, W. G. Sebald, Timothy McVeigh, and Charles Trenet.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, John Lee Hooker ranks 909 out of 20,380Before him are John B. Calhoun (1917), Richard Rorty (1931), Sheldon Lee Glashow (1932), Daniel Keyes (1927), Roy J. Glauber (1925), and Lewis Strauss (1896). After him are Ray Tomlinson (1941), Frederick Reines (1918), Herbert A. Hauptman (1917), Jill Biden (1951), James Hetfield (1963), and Don Shirley (1927).

Among SINGERS In United States

Among singers born in United States, John Lee Hooker ranks 49Before him are Dolly Parton (1946), Laura Branigan (1952), Kenny Rogers (1938), Marvin Gaye (1939), Nancy Sinatra (1940), and Bing Crosby (1903). After him are Billy Joel (1949), Tori Amos (1963), Tony Bennett (1926), Meat Loaf (1947), Cass Elliot (1941), and Al Jarreau (1940).