500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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John Lee Hooker, 'Boom Boom'

Writer: Hooker
Producer:
Calvin Carter
Released:
Feb. '62, Vee-Jay
10 weeks; No. 60

Keith Richards said of Hooker, "Even Muddy Waters was sophisticated next to him." That was a compliment. With his gruff voice, the Hook put boogie to the blues, inspiring a generation of British blues acts, including the Animals, who covered this song to great effect. "Boom-boom," by the way, came from an affectionate greeting offered to Hooker by a female bartender in Detroit.

Appears on: The Very Best of John Lee Hooker (Rhino)

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