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Lightnin Hopkins | Everything you need to know about Blues Music

by | May 16, 2022

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Lightnin Hopkins | Everything you need to know about Blues Music

Learn all about the legend of Texas Blues music, Lightnin Hopkins

Who was Lightnin Hopkins?

“Lightnin” Hopkins was an American country blues singer, songwriter, guitarist and occasional pianist from Centerville, Texas. In 2010 Rolling Stone magazine ranked him No. 71 on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.

When was Lightnin Hopkins Born?

Lightnin Hopkins was born on March 15, 1912, in Centerville, Texas


What was Lightnin Hopkins’ Real Name?

Lightnin’ Hopkins’ real name was  Samuel John Hopkins.

What are Lightnin Hopkins’s Best known songs?

Johnson recorded a tremendous number of songs, and it’s very difficult to pick just a few and call them his best – however, many would agree on a few as being his best known works. These include Mojo Hand”, “Katie Mae”, “Short Haired woman”, “Shotgun Blues”, “Tim Moores farm” and many other titles.

When did Lightnin Hopkins die?

Robert Johnson died on January 30, 1982 in Houston, Texas.

What kind of guitar did Lightnin Hopkins play?

Lightnin’ was a supremely confident guitarist, keeping time with his left leg while swinging hard or traveling downhome. He often played a Gibson J-50 outfitted with a DeArmond soundhole pickup, and he also performed and recorded with a small Harmony flat-top and a Fender Stratocaster.



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