Thursday, March 13, 2014

Lightnin' Sam Hopkins

Image from allmusic

Lightnin' (Sam) Hopkins was selected by David Fricke in Rolling Stone as one of the hundred greatest guitar players of all time.

Among his great hits were Trouble in Mind, Lonesome Road, Baby Please Don't Go, Abilene, and Short Haired Woman.

Born in 1912 in Texas, Sam played with Blind Lemon Jefferson when he was only eight. Discovered by a talent scout in 1946, he was given the stage name Lightnin' when paired with a piano player called Thunder.

Sometimes pulling his lyrics out of the air, in what he called "air songs," Hopkins made music till the seventies. He died in 1982.

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