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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 2,502,149 page views. His biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia. John Lee Hooker is the 131st most popular singer (down from 103rd in 2019), the 852nd most popular biography from United States (down from 662nd in 2019) and the 46th most popular American Singer.

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

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  • 63.29

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  • 53

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  • 5.64

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  • 4.15

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among singers, John Lee Hooker ranks 131 out of 3,528Before him are Gloria Estefan, Sandra, Claude François, Britney Spears, Lys Assia, and Caterina Valente. After him are Georges Brassens, Vicente Fernández, Kris Kristofferson, Thomas Anders, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, and Little Richard.

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Among people born in 1917, John Lee Hooker ranks 35Before him are Sven Hassel, George Gaynes, Ferdinand Marcos, Dizzy Gillespie, Algirdas Julien Greimas, and Danielle Darrieux. After him are Thelonious Monk, Edward Norton Lorenz, Robert Burns Woodward, Barry Nelson, Zsa Zsa Gabor, and Kiro Gligorov. Among people deceased in 2001, John Lee Hooker ranks 25Before him are Ernst Gombrich, Alberto Korda, William Hanna, Robert Ludlum, Marie José of Belgium, and Balthus. After him are Dương Văn Minh, Nguyễn Văn Thiệu, Douglas Adams, Nikolay Basov, Zhang Xueliang, and Gilbert Bécaud.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, John Lee Hooker ranks 852 out of 18,182Before him are Ritchie Valens (1941), Jayne Mansfield (1933), Norman Foster Ramsey Jr. (1915), Britney Spears (1981), Mary Higgins Clark (1927), and James Hetfield (1963). After him are Paul Allen (1953), Samuel Barber (1910), Alan Arkin (1934), Bill Bixby (1934), John J. Pershing (1860), and Lynn Margulis (1938).

Among SINGERS In United States

Among singers born in United States, John Lee Hooker ranks 46Before him are Roy Orbison (1936), Dolly Parton (1946), Marvin Gaye (1939), Harry Belafonte (1927), Jon Bon Jovi (1962), and Britney Spears (1981). After him are Kris Kristofferson (1936), Little Richard (1932), Al Jarreau (1940), Suzi Quatro (1950), Laura Branigan (1952), and Billy Joel (1949).