Jerry Murray AKA Jerry-O performing on the Robin Seymour show in 1966.

John Lee Hooker

Danceland Records

1949-1950

The five tracks by John Lee Hooker represent the most stunning of Danceland Years long-hidden gems. As the earliest known recordings of Hookers music, they provide a vivid document of his developing style (a style which of course eventually inspired generations of musicians, including The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, and Led Zeppelin, to name a very few). Kaplan had known Hooker for several years before approaching him in early 1949 to record a few sides. Hooker whose numerous recording pseudonyms are almost as legendary as his music chose Little Pork Chops for the Danceland recording sessions, which took place on location at either the Royal Blue or Blue Heaven, over a period of approximately one week in February or March of 1949. In the years following his Danceland recordings, Hooker would help reshape the landscape of popular music. But in 1949, at the beginning of his legendary career, Hookers genius went largely unrecognized. To most people, he was just another guitarist playing low down blues. His stark, boogie woogie blues sides for Danceland notched very modest sales success less than 10,000 copies only a fraction of the sales levels attained by Dancelands Candy Johnson.

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