It’s John Lee Hooker’s birthday, so. boogie chillen!

I saw John Lee Hooker perform to a crowd of about 100 people, seated maybe 20 feet away. Despite the fact that he was extremely hungover, with and ad hoc band, he put on a great show. Less than two years later, he put out the Grammy winning, The Healer, featuring collaborations with Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Los Lobos and others, at which point, the bar/club days were over again, and it was back to the larger venues and acclaim that he deserved. Still, can’t help but feel lucky to have caught him just before that. Oh, one thing that I distinctly remember when getting his autograph…he had fingers like sausages. Huge!

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