Hooker was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi on August 17, 1920. His sharecropper father did not approve of the blues, and used to call it the “devil's music”. Nevertheless, Hooker’s interest in music blossomed, and finally took off when his parents got a divorce and his mother married blues musician William Moore. Moore taught the young boy how to play the guitar, and Hooker had later credited his stepfather as his mentor. The duo played at house parties together, but Hooker was hungry for a wider audience, and ran away to Memphis when he was 15, and then on to Cincinnati, and finally moved to Detroit in 1943. He was playing at house parties and local blues clubs, and then “Boogie Chillin” was recorded in 1948 and he became an instant star. The combination of his vocals, electric guitar and his foot tapping sounds was refreshing and original, and the song made it all the way up to the top spot on 1949’s R&B charts. Hooker’s later hits include “Boom Boom”, “Crawling King Snake” and “Rock House Boogie”, among others. Hooker played a role in the 1980 movie Blues Brothers, and had appeared in commercials for Pepsi, Lee Jeans and other products. He finally breathed his last at home in Los Altos, California, on June 21, 2001. With over 500 recorded tracks under his belt, Hooker is undoubtedly one of the most recorded bluesmen of all time.