When Lightnin' Struck

Sam John "Lightnin" Hopkins (1912-1982) was one of the great Texas bluesmen.  A unique guitar player who often played unaccompanied, he developed his own style in which he often played bass, lead, rhythm and percussion lines. Hopkins was called one of the greatest guitar players ever (Rolling Stone), and "perhaps the single greatest influence on rock guitar players." (Wikipedia).  He was discovered busking on a corner in Houston in 1946 by Alladin Records' Lola Anne Cullum which led to a long recording career in which he is said to have laid down more than 800 tracks.  Here he is playing "Mojo Hand."

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