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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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Crazy Heart
Crazy Heart Soundtrack
Everything Must Go
Everything Must Go Soundtrack
Superbad Soundtrack
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 2017 American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- Members Only: The Playboy Club (2017) ... (performer: "I'm Wild About You Baby" - uncredited)
 2017 Long Strange Trip (Documentary) (writer: "Ain't It Crazy (The Rub)", "Katie Mae" - uncredited)
 2016 Mafia III (Video Game) (performer: "Black Ghost Blues", "Sinner's Prayer", "The Howling Wolf") / (writer: "Black Ghost Blues", "Sinner's Prayer", "The Howling Wolf")
 2016/II Ghosting (performer: "Lonesome Graveyard", "The Devil is Watching You") / (writer: "Lonesome Graveyard")
 2016 I Am Not Your Negro (Documentary) (lyrics: "The Jailhouse Blues" - as Sam Hopkins) / (music: "The Jailhouse Blues" - as Sam Hopkins) / (performer: "Baby, Please Don't Go") / (writer: "The Jailhouse Blues" - as Sam Hopkins)
 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")
 1992 The Fear Inside (TV Movie) (lyrics: "Born in the Bottoms" - as Samuel Hopkins) / (music: "Born in the Bottoms" - as Samuel Hopkins) / (performer: "Born in the Bottoms")
 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")
 1974 Rock Concert (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.15 (1974) ... (writer: "Come Back Baby")
 1972 Sounder (performer: "Needed Time") / (writer: "Needed Time")
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Single: "Come On Baby" / "Money Taker" (Arhoolie Records) See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | See more »

Alternate Names:

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

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Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 400-402. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998. See more »

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