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Lightnin Hopkins:Sam John Hopkins (March 15, 1912 – January 30, 1982), better known as Lightnin’ Hopkins, was an American country blues singer, songwriter, guitarist and occasional pianist, from Houston, Texas. Rolling Stone magazine included Hopkins at number 71 on their list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.

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Lightnin Hopkins:Sam John Hopkins (March 15, 1912 – January 30, 1982), better known as Lightnin’ Hopkins, was an American country blues singer, songwriter, guitarist and occasional pianist, from Houston, Texas. Rolling Stone magazine included Hopkins at number 71 on their list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.

Lightnin’ Hopkins …my favorite pic of Lightnin'. You can tell this guy loved to laugh as much as he like to play.

Lightnin’ Hopkins …my favorite pic of Lightnin'. You can tell this guy loved to laugh as much as he like to play.

Sam (Lightnin') Hopkins, supreme acoustic blues picker, though he occasionally played electric.  Lightnin' reportedly never signed a recording contract.  He recorded for cash--pay for play--which accounts for the sheer volume of his discography and the variety of labels offering his music.

Sam (Lightnin') Hopkins, supreme acoustic blues picker, though he occasionally played electric. Lightnin' reportedly never signed a recording contract. He recorded for cash--pay for play--which accounts for the sheer volume of his discography and the variety of labels offering his music.

The great Lightnin' Hopkins from Houston what a great giant of the Blues.   All original faust muri....

The great Lightnin' Hopkins from Houston what a great giant of the Blues. All original faust muri....

Sam John Hopkins (1912 –1982), better known as Lightnin’ Hopkins, was an American country blues singer, songwriter, guitarist and occasional pianist, from Houston, Texas. Rolling Stone magazine included Hopkins at number 71 on their list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.

Sam John Hopkins (1912 –1982), better known as Lightnin’ Hopkins, was an American country blues singer, songwriter, guitarist and occasional pianist, from Houston, Texas. Rolling Stone magazine included Hopkins at number 71 on their list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.

Blues legend Texan Lightnin’ Hopkins made a cigar-box guitar with chicken-wire strings when he was eight. During the course of his lifetime, he recorded more than eighty-five albums and toured the world. Photograph by James Fraher, Copyright James Fraher, 1970

Blues legend Texan Lightnin’ Hopkins made a cigar-box guitar with chicken-wire strings when he was eight. During the course of his lifetime, he recorded more than eighty-five albums and toured the world. Photograph by James Fraher, Copyright James Fraher, 1970

“Sam Hopkins was a Texas country bluesman of the highest caliber whose career began in the 1920s and stretched all the way into the 1980s. Along the way, Hopkins watched the genre change remarkably, but he never appreciably altered his mournful Lone Star sound, which translated onto both acoustic and electric guitar. Hopkins’ nimble dexterity made intricate boogie riffs seem easy, and his fascinating penchant for improvising lyrics to fit whatever situation might arise made him a beloved…

“Sam Hopkins was a Texas country bluesman of the highest caliber whose career began in the 1920s and stretched all the way into the 1980s. Along the way, Hopkins watched the genre change remarkably, but he never appreciably altered his mournful Lone Star sound, which translated onto both acoustic and electric guitar. Hopkins’ nimble dexterity made intricate boogie riffs seem easy, and his fascinating penchant for improvising lyrics to fit whatever situation might arise made him a beloved…

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