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Old 03-02-2006, 09:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Sam "Lightnin" Hopkins

Another album I never knew my parents owned, I have with me his "Trouble In Mind" album. I borrowed this from wikipedia:
Born in Centerville, Texas, he learned the blues when young in Buffalo, Texas from Blind Lemon Jefferson and his older cousin, country-blues singer Alger 'Texas' Alexander. When Hopkins and Alexander were playing in Houston in 1946, he was discovered by Lola Anne Cullum of Los Angeles' Aladdin Records (although Alexander would not make it out to LA). Hopkins' fast finger style is very distinct. He settled in Houston in 1952 and gained much attention. Solid recordings followed including his masterpiece song Mojo Hand in 1960. He was an influence on Jimmie Vaughan's work, and, more significantly, on the vocals and blues style of Pigpen, the keyboardist of the Grateful Dead until 1972.

In 1968 he recorded an album backed by psychedelic rock band, the 13th Floor Elevators.

A song named after him was recorded by R.E.M. on their album Document.
I'm liking the album so far *6 minutes into the album* Do any of the regular Blues fans here rate him highly? Opinions and all that jazz.
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