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John Lee Hooker (1917–2001)

John Lee Hooker was born on August 22, 1917 in Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA. He was married to Maude Mathis, Alma Hopes and Sarah Jones. He died on June 21, 2001 in Los Altos, California, USA. See full bio »

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 2014 True Detective (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Seeing Things (2014) ... ("Unfriendly Woman", "One Bourbon, one Scotch, one Beer")
 2014 Archer (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- White Elephant (2014) ... ("Baby, Please Don't Go") / (writer: "Baby, Please Don't Go")
 2013 The Wolf of Wall Street (performer: "Boom Boom") / (writer: "Boom Boom")
 2013 Grudge Match (performer: "Boom Boom") / (writer: "Boom Boom")
 2012 Skyfall (writer: "Boom Boom")
 2012/I Flight (performer: "Never Get Out of These Blues Alive") / (writer: "Never Get Out of These Blues Alive")
 2012 True Blood (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Gone, Gone, Gone (2012) ... (performer: "You Know I Know" - uncredited)
 2012 Lawless (writer: "Burnin' Hell")
  Metal Evolution (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode, 2011) (writer - 1 episode, 2011)
- Pre-Metal (2011) ... (performer: "Maudie") / (writer: "Maudie")
 2010 Late Show with David Letterman (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Joaquin Phoenix/Tom Jones/Huey the Dancing Macaw (2010) ... (writer: "Burning Hell" - uncredited)
 2010 Everything Must Go (performer: "I Got My Eyes on You") / (writer: "I Got My Eyes on You")
 2010 Barney's Version (performer: "I'm Wanderin'") / (writer: "I'm Wanderin'")
 2009 The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights (Documentary) (performer: "Boogie Chillin'") / (writer: "Boogie Chillin'")
 2009 Extract (performer: "Hoogie Boogie" (1949)) / (writer: "Hoogie Boogie" (1949))
 2008 Hancock (performer: "Highway 13", "I'm In The Mood", "Serves You Right To Suffer") / (writer: "Highway 13", "I'm In The Mood", "Serves You Right To Suffer")
 2007 American Gangster (performer: "No Shoes" (1960)) / (writer: "No Shoes" (1960))
 2007 Midsomer Murders (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Axeman Cometh (2007) ... (writer: "Dimples")
 2006 Druckfrisch (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #4.8 (2006) ... (performer: "Harry and Dolly")
 2005 Tideland (writer: "Boom Boom")
 2005 The Longest Yard ("Boom Boom") / (performer: "Boom Boom")
 2004 House of D (writer: "Don't Look Back")
 2003 The Big Empty (performer: "THAT'S ALRIGHT") / (writer: "THAT'S ALRIGHT")
 2003 Chooch (lyrics: "DIMPLES", "BOOM BOOM") / (music: "DIMPLES", "BOOM BOOM") / (performer: "DIMPLES", "BOOM BOOM")
 2003 Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie (Documentary) (lyrics: "Boogie Chillen") / (music: "Boogie Chillen") / (performer: "Boogie Chillen")
 2001 Impostor (performer: "Boom Boom") / (writer: "Boom Boom")
 1999 Play It to the Bone (performer: "Boom Boom") / (writer: "Boom Boom")
 1998 The Waterboy (writer: "Boom Boom")
 1998 Finding Graceland (performer: "Kiddio")
 1998 Free Tibet (Documentary) (performer: "Crawlin' Kingsnake") / (writer: "Crawlin' Kingsnake" - as J.L. Hooker)
 1998 City of Angels (performer: "Mama You Got A Daughter") / (writer: "Mama You Got A Daughter")
 1997 Kiss the Girls ("Dimples") / (performer: "Dimples", "I Want To Hug You") / (writer: "I Want To Hug You")
 1997 G.I. Jane (performer: "Dimples") / (writer: "Dimples")
 1996 The Rich Man's Wife (performer: "CHILL OUT (THINGS GONNA CHANGE)", "MY DREAM") / (writer: "CHILL OUT (THINGS GONNA CHANGE)", "MY DREAM")
 1996 Heaven's Prisoners (performer: "I Ain't Gonna Suffer No More" - as Johnny Lee Hooker) / (writer: "I Ain't Gonna Suffer No More" - as Johnny Lee Hooker)
 1996 Stealing Beauty (performer: "Anne Mae", "CHILL OUT (Things Gonna Change)") / (writer: "Anne Mae", "CHILL OUT (Things Gonna Change)")
 1995 Operation Dumbo Drop (writer: "BOOM BOOM")
 1992 American Heart (performer: "Backstabbers", "This Is Hip") / (writer: "Backstabbers", "This Is Hip")
 1992 Heartbeat (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Changing Places (1992) ... (writer: "Boom Boom" - uncredited)
 1991 Live at the El Mocambo: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble (Video) (writer: "Hug You, Squeeze You")
 1990 The Cream of Eric Clapton (Video documentary) (writer: "Louise")
 1989 Flying Blind (TV Movie) (writer: "Don't Look Back")
 1988 Bossen i byen (TV Special documentary short) (writer: "Boom Boom Boom")
 1988 Envoyez les violons (writer: "Dark Cloud Blues")
 1988 A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon (performer: "BOOM BOOM") / (writer: "BOOM BOOM")
 1987 Angel Heart (performer: "Sunny Land")
 1986 Shadows in Paradise (performer: "Tease Me Baby") / (writer: "Tease Me Baby")
 1980 The Blues Brothers (performer: "BOOM BOOM" (uncredited), "BOOGIE CHILLUN") / (writer: "BOOM BOOM" (uncredited), "BOOGIE CHILLUN")
 1979 Quadrophenia (writer: "Dimples")
 1964-1965 Shindig! (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- Episode #2.9 (1965) ... (writer: "Boom Boom")
- Episode #1.43 (1965) ... (writer: "Boom Boom")
- Episode #1.15 (1964) ... (writer: "Boom Boom")
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Other Works:

CD: "Graveyard Blues" See more »

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1 Interview | 1 Article | 3 Pictorials | See more »

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Personal Quote:

I don't play a lot of fancy guitar. The kind of guitar I want to play is mean, mean, mean licks. See more »


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - 1992. Won a Blues Grammy with Bonnie Raitt for "The Healer". See more »


Tapping floor with his shoes for percussion effects while he sang his songs. See more »

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