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Lightnin' Hopkins

Samuel John "Lightnin'" Hopkins (March 15, 1912 – January 30, 1982) was an American country blues singer, songwriter, guitarist and occasional pianist, from Centerville, Texas. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 71 on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.

The musicologist Robert "Mack" McCormick opined that Hopkins is "the embodiment of the jazz-and-poetry spirit, representing its ancient form in the single creator whose words and music are one act".

Birth and Death Data: Born March 15th, 1912 (Centerville), Died January 30th, 1982 (Houston)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1953

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, guitar

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 84970 7/29/1953 Highway blues Lightnin' Hopkins vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 84971 7/29/1953 I'm wild about you baby Lightnin' Hopkins vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 84972 7/29/1953 Bad things on my mind Lightnin' Hopkins vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 84973 7/29/1953 The war is over Lightnin' Hopkins vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 84974 7/29/1953 Policy game Lightnin' Hopkins vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 84975 7/29/1953 Merry Christmas Lightnin' Hopkins vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 84976 7/29/1953 Happy New Year Lightnin' Hopkins vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 84977 7/29/1953 Cemetery blues Lightnin' Hopkins vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Hopkins, Lightnin'," accessed October 16, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104057.

Hopkins, Lightnin'. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 16, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104057.

"Hopkins, Lightnin'." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 16 October 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104057

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