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 KING OF THE BOOGIE INCLUDES LIVE TRACKS, RARITIES AND PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED MATERIAL
TITLE PART OF YEAR-LONG CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION OF THE BLUES ICON WHO WOULD HAVE TURNED 100 TODAY
22 AUGUST 2017 (Toronto, ON) – Craft Recordings, the catalogue division of Concord Bicycle Music, is proud to announce the release of King Of The Boogie, a career-spanning retrospective, honoring blues icon John Lee Hooker. Due out September 29 via Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company, the five-CD set delves deep into the catalogue of the influential artist, featuring not only his iconic hits but also rarities, live recordings, and several previously unreleased tracks. Housed in a 56-page book, the collection includes a wide selection of photos, taken throughout the musician’s life, plus new liner notes by writer and John Lee Hooker historian Jas Obrecht, as well as by the artist’s longtime manager and friend, Mike Kappus.
John Lee Hooker (1917-2001) was born 100 years ago today, near Clarksdale, Mississippi, to a sharecropping family. Throughout the years, there has been some academic debate about his original birth year. However, The Hooker family maintains 1917 as the de facto date. Says daughter Zakiya Hooker, “As we all know there was no great push for accuracy back then in that portion of the community. But we just stick to what my father told us, which was what he was told by his mother.”
As a young man, Hooker worked his way up north to Detroit to pursue his passion of music. By 1948, the artist had a hit on his hands with one of his earliest recordings, Boogie Chillun’. From there, Hooker would record over 100 albums throughout the course of his six-decade-long career, building a diverse collection of fans along the way: from folk musicians and beatniks, to the stars of the British Invasion. The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana are among those who cite Hooker as a major influence. In his liner notes, Mike Kappus recalls that, “Everyone who knew John Lee Hooker loved him and felt privileged to be in his presence. While he influenced generations of musicians with his incomparable style, that impact on musicians stepped up to yet another level once they got to know and, universally, love him.”
In his later years, as the bluesman found himself in one of the busiest, most productive eras of his career, Hooker was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Blues Hall of Fame, and Memphis Music Hall of Fame; was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and took home four GRAMMY® awards, including a coveted Lifetime Achievement award in 2000.
Tasked with narrowing down Hooker’s vast catalogue into five CDs, box set producer Mason Williams curated the collection to narrate the artist’s story. “Even at 100 songs, this set is just a snapshot of John Lee Hooker’s incredible and influential career,” says Williams, “but one that takes you on the long journey he took from his early days in Detroit, to his time in Chicago recording for Vee-Jay Records and up through his later collaborations with Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt, and Santana, among others.”
King Of The Boogie will be released as part of a year-long, multi-partner centennial celebration, honouring the music and influence of John Lee Hooker, and will be a companion piece to an exhibit of the same name, which kicks off today at the GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi.  John Lee Hooker: King Of The Boogie includes Hooker’s performance outfits, guitars, photos, awards and, of course, his music. The exhibit will be on display through February 2018, before traveling west to the GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE. Additional centennial partners include The Blues Foundation, The Delta Blues Museum, Living Blues, Oxford American, the John Lee Hooker Estate, and Epiphone Guitars, who will be releasing a limited edition John Lee Hooker Zephyr Outfit, available in early 2018. John Lee’s daughter, Zakiya Hooker, has worked closely with all partners on her father’s centennial events, and affirms, “Today, on what would have been my father’s 100th birthday, I am so thrilled to see him celebrated—both with the exhibit, as well as with the announcement of this special collection of music. I know that his fans will be excited to hear rare performances, and to read the touching words of his longtime manager, Mike Kappus, as well as those of the wonderful Jas Obrecht. It was a pleasure to watch this box set come together, and I can’t wait to see it shared with the world.”
JOHN LEE HOOKER – KING OF THE BOOGIE TRACK LIST
Disc One
  1. Boogie Chillen’ – John Lee Hooker And His Guitar
  2. Sally May – John Lee Hooker And His Guitar
  3. Hobo Blues – John Lee Hooker And His Guitar
  4. Crawlin’ King Snake – John Lee Hooker & His Guitar
  5. Black Man Blues – Texas Slim
  6. Goin’ Mad Blues – Delta John
  7. Who’s Been Jivin’ You – Texas Slim
  8. (Miss Sadie Mae) Curl My Baby’s Hair
  9. Hoogie Boogie – John Lee Hooker And His Guitar
  10. Burnin’ Hell – John Lee Hooker And His Guitar
  11. Weeping Willow Boogie
  12. Moaning Blues – Texas Slim
  13. Huckle Up Baby – John Lee Hooker And His Guitar
  14. Goin’ On Highway #51 – John Lee Hooker And His Guitar
  15. John L’s House Rent Boogie
  16. I’m In The Mood
  17. Two White Horses
  18. 33 Blues
  19. Sugar Mama
  20. Wobbling Baby
  21. Stuttering Blues – John Lee Booker
  22. I’m A Boogie Man – Johnny Lee
  23. Down Child
  24. Odds Against Me (Backbiters And Syndicaters)
  25. Shake, Holler And Run
Disc Two
  1. Unfriendly Woman [Aka Stop Now]*
  2. Mambo Chillun
  3. Time Is Marching
  4. Dimples
  5. Little Wheel
  6. I Love You Honey
  7. Drive Me Away
  8. Maudie
  9. When I Lay My Burden Down*
  10. Tupelo Blues
  11. Good Mornin’ Lil’ School Girl
  12. I Rolled And Turned And Cried The Whole Night Long
  13. No More Doggin’
  14. Dusty Road
  15. No Shoes
  16. My First Wife Left Me
  17. Crazy About That Walk – Sir John Lee Hooker
  18. Want Ad Blues
  19. Will The Circle Be Unbroken 
  20. I’m Going Upstairs
  21. I Lost My Job
  22. Don’t Turn Me From Your Door
  23. Grinder Man
  24. Meat Shakes On Her Bone*
Disc Three
  1. Boom Boom
  2. Blues Before Sunrise
  3. She’s Mine
  4. Frisco Blues
  5. Good Rockin’ Mama
  6. I’m Leaving
  7. Birmingham Blues
  8. Don’t Look Back
  9. Big Legs, Tight Skirt
  10. It Serves Me Right
  11. Money
  12. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer
  13. The Motor City Is Burning
  14. Mean, Mean Woman
  15. Doin’ The Shout
  16. Homework
  17. Early One Morning
  18. Rocking Chair
  19. Hittin’ The Bottle Again
  20. Deep Blue Sea
  21. Spellbound
Disc Four: LIVE
  1. Hobo Blues – Live
  2. Maudie – Live
  3. Shake It Baby – Live
  4. Boogie Chillun – Live
  5. Bottle Up And Go – Live
  6. Crawlin’ King Snake – Live
  7. The Mighty Fire – Live
  8. You’ve Got To Walk Yourself – Live
  9. I’m Bad Like Jesse James – Live
  10. Boogie Everywhere I Go – Live
11.She’s Gone*– Live
12.It Serves Me Right To Suffer*– Live
  1. Boom Boom* – Live
  2. Hi-Heel Sneakers* – Live
  3. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer* – Live
Disc Five: FRIENDS
  1. I Got Eyes For You – With “Little” Eddie Kirkland
  2. Mai Lee – With The Groundhogs
  3. Peavine – With Canned Heat
  4. Never Get Out Of These Blues Alive – With Van Morrison
  5. Five Long Years – With Joe Cocker
  6. The Healer – With Carlos Santana
  7. I’m In The Mood – With Bonnie Raitt
  8. Sally Mae – With George Thorogood
  9. Mr. Lucky – With Robert Cray
  10. Up And Down – With Warren Haynes
  11. Boom Boom – With Jimmie Vaughan
  12. You Shook Me – With B.B. King
  13. Don’t Look Back – With Van Morrison
  14. Dimples – With Los Lobos
  15. Boogie Chillen’ – With Eric Clapton
 *previously unreleased

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