John Lee Hooker Blues Before Sunrise





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Published on Aug 20, 2009

Original Release Date: 1984. John Lee Hooker (August 22, 1917 June 21, 2001) was a Grammy Award-winning influential African American singer-songwriter and blues guitarist, born in Coahoma County near Clarksdale, Mississippi. Hooker began his life as the son of a sharecropper, and rose to prominence performing his own unique style of what was originally closest to Delta blues. He developed a half-spoken style that was his trademark. Though similar to the early Delta blues, his music was rhythmically free. John Lee Hooker could be said to embody his own unique genre of the blues, often incorporating the boogie-woogie piano style and a driving rhythm into his masterful and idiosyncratic blues guitar and singing. His best known songs include "Boogie Chillen" (1948) and "Boom Boom" (1962). Hooker's life experiences were chronicled by several scholars and often read like a classic case study in the racism of the music industry, although he eventually rose to prominence with memorable songs and influence on a generation of musicians.Hooker's guitar playing is closely aligned with piano boogie-woogie. He would play the walking bass pattern with his thumb, stopping to emphasize the end of a line with a series of trills, done by rapid hammer-ons and pull-offs.

BLUES BEFORE SUNRISE LYRICS: recording of 1961 from The Vee Jay Years 1955-1964 (Charly 82333-1754-2) & Vee Jay No. 2205.

Blues before sunrise, tears standing in my eyes
Blues before sunrise, with tears standing in my eyes
Such a
feeling, boys, I do despise
I have to leave, leave you baby, because you know you done me wrong
I have to leave you baby, because you know you done me wrong
I'm gonna pack up and leave you darling and break up my happy home
I have to leave, leave you baby, I'm gonna leave you all alone
I'm gonna leave you baby, I'm gonna leave you all alone
I'm gonna pack up and leave you darling, because you know you done me wrong
Well now goodbye, goodbye baby, I'll see you on some rainy day
Well now goodbye baby, I'll see you on some rainy day
You can go ahead now little darling, 'cause I want you to have your way


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2. I'm John Lee Hooker (1968)
3. That's My Story (1960)
4. Folklore Of John Lee Hooker (1962)
5.Live At Sugarhill (1962)
6. The Big Soul Of... (1963)
7. On Campus (1963)
8. I Want To Shout The Blues (1964)
9. Original Folk Blues [compilation] (1964)
10. The Real Folk Blues (1967)
11. It Serves You Right To Suffer (1968)
12. Live At Cafe Au-Go-Go (1967)
13. Urban Blues (1968)
14. If You Miss 'im...I Got 'im (1969)
15. Burnin' (1968)
16. Travelin' (1969)
17. Simply The Truth (1969)
18. Concert At Newport (1969)
19. In Person (1969)
20. Hooker 'n' Heat [with Canned Heat] (1970)
21. Endless Boogie (1971)
22. Never Get Out Of These Blues Alive (1972)
23. Live At Soledad Prison (1972)
24. Born In Mississippi, Raised Up In Tennessee (1973)
25. Free Beer And Chicken (1974)
26. The Cream [live 1978] (1979)
27. The Healer (1989)
28. Mr Lucky (1991)
29. Boom Boom (1992)
30. Chill Out (1995)
31. Don't Look Back (1997)
32. The Best Of Friends [compilation] (1998)
33. Face To Face (2003)


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