R.I.P.

John Lee Hooker

Died June 21st, 2001

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - For six decades, John Lee Hooker's rich sonorous voice coupled with a brooding rhythmic guitar inspired countless musicians and electrified audiences with songs like ``Boom Boom'' and ``Boogie Chillen.''

The legendary bluesman from the Mississippi Delta sang of loneliness and confusion. Neither polished nor urbane, his music was raw, primal emotion - and remained hypnotic and unchanged throughout his career.

``There are no superlatives to describe the profound impact John Lee left in our hearts,'' musician Carlos Santana said Thursday after learning of Hooker's death. ``When I was a child he was the first circus I wanted to run away with.''

Hooker, who had estimated he recorded more than 100 albums, died of natural causes at his Los Altos home, said his agent Mike Kappus. He was 80.

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