The Best John Lee Hooker quotes

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John Lee Hooker was born in 1917 in Clarksdale, Mississippi. He is one of the most influential and iconic blues musicians of all time. His unique sound and guitar style has influenced generations of musicians. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at Hooker’s life and career, and see how he became one of the greatest blues players of all time.

Discover the most interesting Blue quotes from John Lee Hooker, and much more.

Summary

About John Lee Hooker

birth of the author

Born:
August 22, 1912

death of the author

Died:
June 21, 2001

genre of the author

Genres:
Blues

occupation of the author

Occupation:
Singer, Songwriter, Musician

instrument of the author

Instruments:
Guitar, Vocals

date of the author

Years Active:
1942-2001

institution of the author

Labels:
Modern, Vee-Jay, Chess, Savoy, Atlantic, Verve And More.

JOHN LEE HOOKER QUOTES ON BLUE

The way Will Moore taught me, and the way I play it, the blues is just something different. — John Lee Hooker

It’s never hard to sing the blues. Everyone in the world has the blues . . . — John Lee Hooker

When I die, they’ll bury the blues with me. But the blues will never die. — John Lee Hooker

I never build myself us. I let the people do that. I’m the most laid–back person, and I let them build me up. If you ask me, I say, ‘I”m just a guy playin’ some blues. — John Lee Hooker

it s never hard to sing the blues everyone in the world has the blues John Lee Hooker quote

You can go to Europe, and there’s no turnin’ back–any parts of Europe. Wherever you are, there is no stop and go for the blues. The blues go but it don’t stop. — John Lee Hooker

Like you and your woman ain’t gettin’ along and you’re in love. You can’t sleep at nights. Your mind is on her–on whatever. You know, that’s the blues. You can’t hug that money at night. You can’t kiss it. — John Lee Hooker

If they played more blues, people would just get it–they try to hold it back but just about can’t hold it back now because the blues is really going. — John Lee Hooker

Poor people have the blues because they’re poor and hungry. Rich people can’t sleep at night because they’re trying to hold on to their money and everything they have. — John Lee Hooker

The one thing the blues don’t get is the backing and pushing of TV and radio like a lot of this garbage you hears. They choke stuff down people’s throat so they got no choice but to listen to it. — John Lee Hooker

when i die they ll bury the blues with me but the blues will never die John Lee Hooker quote

The blues tells a story. Every line of the blues has a meaning. — John Lee Hooker

Inspiring Phrases From John Lee Hooker

I hitchhiked, took trucks ‘n’ trains–anything that would pick me up. I stopped in Memphis for about six months and they found me and come got me. Stayed about a month an’ split again. — John Lee Hooker

In my career, people in the record business have been rockin’ in the same ol’ boat. They all crooks–I’ll say it clear and loud–especially the big ones. — John Lee Hooker

I am a happy man. I’ve had a good life. — John Lee Hooker

I don’t do nothing I don’t want to do. — John Lee Hooker

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I’m even afraid to lay down with you at night, because when you go to bed at night, mean woman, you got an ice pick in your hand. — John Lee Hooker

I like dropping into a small club and playing with some people, trying to help them get a start. — John Lee Hooker

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In John Lee Hooker Statements

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But I don’t want to do no big tours or go out on the road. — John Lee Hooker

Various Statements From John Lee Hooker

Ron Thompson, he’s my main man! — John Lee Hooker

I remember back in Detroit, I used to go to the Apex Bar every night after I got off work. The bartender there used to call me Boom Boom. I don’t know why, but he did. — John Lee Hooker

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It don’t take me no three days to record no album. — John Lee Hooker

I went on to Cincinnati. I had got a taste of the big cities and them bright lights. I stayed there until I was about 18 or 19 and then I went on to Detroit. — John Lee Hooker

All my life I been doin’ what people tell me to do. Now, I’m telling them. — John Lee Hooker

Groups are corporations now. They have pension plans. Musicians have saw the daylight. — John Lee Hooker

Oh, I still like to play and I still play when I want to. — John Lee Hooker

it don t take me no three days to record no album John Lee Hooker quote