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John Lee Hooker’s 1st Hit Song

“Boogie Chillen’” was both John Lee Hooker’s first recording, and his first hit record.  Backed by his song “Sally May”, it was recorded in 1948 and it hit No. 1 in the U.S. R&B chart in 1949. Including in “Boogie Chillen’” is Hooker’s vocal, guitar playing and foot stomps.  His vocal alternates between spoken word […]

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