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Lightnin Hopkins (1912–1982)

Lightnin Hopkins was born on March 15, 1912 in Centerville, Texas, USA as Sam Hopkins. He died on January 30, 1982 in Houston, Texas. See full bio »


(age 69) in Houston, Texas, USA

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Everything Must Go
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 2016/II Ghosting (performer: "Lonesome Graveyard", "The Devil is Watching You") / (writer: "Lonesome Graveyard")
 2015 A Country Called Home (performer: "Trouble In Mind" - as Lightning Hopkins) / (writer: "Trouble In Mind" - as Lightning Hopkins)
 2015/I Life (performer: "I'm Wild About You Baby" - as Lightening Hopkins)
 2010 Everything Must Go (performer: "Ain't It Crazy", "I Like to Boogie" - as Sam Lightnin' Hopkins) / (writer: "Ain't It Crazy", "I Like to Boogie" - as Sam Lightnin' Hopkins)
 2010 Rock & Chips (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Pilot (2010) ... (performer: "I'm Begging You" - uncredited)
 2009 Crazy Heart (performer: "Once a Gambler" - as Lightnin' Hopkins) / (performer: "Once a Gambler" (1961)) / (writer: "Once a Gambler", "Once a Gambler" (1961) - as Sam Hopkins)
 2008 Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story (Documentary) ("Death Bells")
 2007 Superbad (performer: "Policy Game" - as Lightnin' Hopkins)
 2006 All the King's Men (performer: "Trouble in Mind" - as Lightning Hopkins)
  Deadwood (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2005) (writer - 1 episode, 2005)
- A Lie Agreed Upon: Part II (2005) ... (performer: "Business You're Doin'" - uncredited) / (writer: "Business You're Doin'" - uncredited)
 2004 A Love Song for Bobby Long (performer: "Praying Ground Blues" - as Lightnin' Hopkins)
  The Blues (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode, 2003) (writer - 1 episode, 2003)
- Warming by the Devil's Fire (2003) ... (performer: "Lonesome Home") / (writer: "Lonesome Home" - as Sam Hopkins)
 1998 Muddy Waters at Chicagofest (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "Have You Ever Been Mistreated" - uncredited)
 1997 Fire Down Below (performer: "Mojo Hand") / (writer: "Mojo Hand")
 1990 Mirage (writer: "Poodle Dog" - as Sam Hopkins)
 1989 Lisa (performer: "Someday Baby" - as Sam 'Lightning' Hopkins) / (writer: "Someday Baby" - as Sam Hopkins)
 1984 Merton (performer: "The Trouble Blues")
 1972 Sounder (performer: "Needed Time")
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Other Works:

CD: "The Gold Star Sessios, Vol. 2" (Arhoolie Records). See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | See more »

Alternate Names:

Lightnin' Hopkins | Sam 'Lightnin' Hopkins | Sam Lightnin' Hopkins

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Cousin of Texas blues singer Alger "Texas" Alexander. See more »

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