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. 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 2,222,267 page views. His biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). John Lee Hooker is the 103rd most popular singer (down from 96th in 2019), the 662nd most popular biography from United States (down from 606th in 2019) and the 43rd most popular American Singer.

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

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Among singers, John Lee Hooker ranks 103 out of 3,541Before him are Yma Sumac, Mirella Freni, Donna Summer, Roy Orbison, Rihanna, and Robin Gibb. After him are Alla Pugacheva, Françoise Hardy, Harry Belafonte, Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, and Klaus Meine.

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Among people born in 1917, John Lee Hooker ranks 23Before him are Óscar Romero, Ferdinand Marcos, Anthony Burgess, Christian de Duve, Robert Mitchum, and Otto Günsche. After him are Sven Hassel, Nur Muhammad Taraki, Edward Norton Lorenz, Rochus Misch, Fernando Rey, and Jean-Pierre Melville. Among people deceased in 2001, John Lee Hooker ranks 23Before him are William Hanna, Fred Hoyle, Robert Ludlum, Laurent-Désiré Kabila, Alberto Korda, and Wilhelm Mohnke. After him are Balthus, Nikolay Basov, Douglas Adams, Nguyễn Văn Thiệu, Gilbert Bécaud, and Marie José of Belgium.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, John Lee Hooker ranks 662 out of 15,968Before him are Glenn Miller (1904), Magic Johnson (1959), Walter Matthau (1920), Irving Langmuir (1881), Asaph Hall (1829), and Larry Hagman (1931). After him are Matthew C. Perry (1794), Donald Rumsfeld (1932), Murray Gell-Mann (1929), Hattie McDaniel (1893), Margaret Hamilton (1936), and Wyatt Earp (1848).

Among SINGERS In United States

Among singers born in United States, John Lee Hooker ranks 43Before him are Dolly Parton (1946), Gwen Stefani (1969), Kenny Rogers (1938), Diana Ross (1944), Donna Summer (1948), and Roy Orbison (1936). After him are Harry Belafonte (1927), Gloria Gaynor (1947), Kris Kristofferson (1936), Jon Bon Jovi (1962), Billy Joel (1949), and Ben E. King (1938).