365 Days of Album Recommendations – July 2

John Lee Hooker – Boogie Chillen

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I normally recommend full albums for this series, but in this case, it just had to be a single. Because this was the debut release from John Lee Hooker, and I’m simply fascinated by the idea that someone like John Lee Hooker could actually HAVE a debut. That someone like John Lee Hooker could actually HAVE a beginning.

How does something like a John Lee Hooker START? Doesn’t it seem that a thing like a John Lee Hooker just always WAS?

It’s hard to imagine that at some point, there was a baby John Lee Hooker, and an 8-year-old-living-at-home John Lee Hooker, and a 14-year-old-running-away-from-home John Lee Hooker, and a factory-working-without-a-blues-career John Lee Hooker.

You might as well ask when a mountain had its debut.


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