15 March 1912: Birthday of Lightnin’ Hopkins, American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1982) (Source)

Lightnin’ Hopkins autographing a record – photo by 33stradale. (Source)

Samuel JohnLightnin’Hopkins (March 15, 1912 – January 30, 1982)[1] 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.[2]

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”.[3] (Source)

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