Happy Birthday Sam “Lightnin” Hopkins

 

 

Lightnin’ Hopkins Pt 1

 

 

 

Lightnin’ Hopkins Pt 2

 

 

 

Biography

” 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 blues troubadour.

  Hopkins‘ brothers John Henry and Joel were also talented bluesmen, but it was Sam who became a star. In 1920, he met the legendary Blind Lemon Jefferson at a social function, and even got a chance to play with him. Later, Hopkins served as Jefferson‘s guide. In his teens, Hopkins began working with another pre-war great, singer Texas Alexander, who was his cousin. A mid-’30s stretch in Houston’s County Prison Farm for the young guitarist interrupted their partnership for a time, but when he was freed, Hopkins hooked back up with the older bluesman.

  The pair was dishing out their lowdown brand of blues in Houston’s Third Ward in 1946 when talent scout Lola Anne Cullum came across them. She had already engineered a pact with Los Angeles-based Aladdin Records for another of her charges, pianist Amos Milburn, and Cullum saw the same sort of opportunity within Hopkins‘ dusty country blues. Alexander wasn’t part of the deal; instead, Cullum paired Hopkins with pianist Wilson “Thunder” Smith, sensibly re-christened the guitarist “Lightnin’,” and presto! Hopkins was very soon an Aladdin recording artist.”  

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Discography

 

Year Album Label AllMusic Rating User Ratings  
  Blues Train 1951 Blues Train album review Mainstream  
(1)
 
 
Lightnin' Hopkins [Smithsonian/Folkways]
1959 Lightnin’ Hopkins [Smithsonian/Folkways]album review Smithsonian Folkways Recordings  
(15)
 
 
Strikes Again
1960 Strikes Again Collectables  
(0)
 
 
Country Blues
1960 Country Blues album review Tradition/Rykodisc / Tradition  
(6)
 
  The Last of the Great Blues Singers 1960 The Last of the Great Blues Singers Time Music  
(0)
 
 
Lightnin' and the Blues
1960 Lightnin’ and the Blues P-Vine Records  
(4)
 
 
Autobiography in Blues
1960 Autobiography in Bluesalbum review Tradition/Rykodisc / Tradition  
(3)
 
  The Rooster Crowed in England 1961 The Rooster Crowed in England    
(0)
 
 
Walkin' This Road by Myself
1961 Walkin’ This Road by Myself Concord / Fantasy  
(2)
 
 
Lightnin'
1961 Lightnin’ album review Original Blues Classics / Prestige Elite  
(9)
 
 
Sings the Blues [Crown]
1961 Sings the Blues [Crown] P-Vine Records  
(1)
 
 
Last Night Blues
1961 Last Night Blues album review Original Blues Classics  
(5)
 
  Lightnin' Sam Hopkins & Spider Kilpatrick 1962 Lightnin’ Sam Hopkins & Spider Kilpatrick album review Arhoolie  
(0)
 
  Lightnin' Hopkins and the Blues 1962 Lightnin’ Hopkins and the Blues Imperial Records (Japan)  
(0)
 
  Fast Life Woman 1962 Fast Life Woman Verve  
(1)
 
 
Mojo Hand
1962 Mojo Hand album review Collectables  
(11)
 
  Blues/Folk 1962 Blues/Folk Time Music  
(0)
 
 
How Many More Years I Got
1962 How Many More Years I Got album review Fantasy  
(1)
 
  Lightnin' Hopkins on Stage 1962 Lightnin’ Hopkins on Stage    
(0)
 
  Blues/Folk, Vol. 2 1962 Blues/Folk, Vol. 2 Time Music  
(0)
 
 
Lightnin' Strikes Back
1962 Lightnin’ Strikes Back album review Collectables  
(12)
 
  At Main Point 1962 At Main Point Prestige  
(0)
 
  Lightnin' and Co. 1963 Lightnin’ and Co. Bluesville Records  
(2)
 
 
Blues in My Bottle
1963 Blues in My Bottle album review Original Blues Classics  
(4)
 
 
Smokes Like Lightnin'
1963 Smokes Like Lightnin’ album review Original Blues Classics  
(2)
 
  Sonny Terry & Lightnin' Hopkins 1963 Sonny Terry & Lightnin’ Hopkins Bluesville Records  
(0)
 
 
Goin' Away
1963 Goin’ Away album review Original Blues Classics  
(4)
 
  And the Blues 1963 And the Blues Imperial Records (Japan)  
(0)
 
 
Hopkins Brothers: Lightnin', Joel, & John Henry
1964 Hopkins Brothers: Lightnin’, Joel, & John Henry album review Arhoolie  
(1)
 
 
Swarthmore Concert
1964 Swarthmore Concert album review Original Blues Classics  
(3)
 
  Down Home Blues 1964 Down Home Blues Bluesville Records  
(0)
 
  First Meeting 1964 First Meeting World Records  
(2)
 
 
Live at the Bird Lounge
1964 Live at the Bird Lounge Cleopatra  
(0)
 
  My Life in the Blues 1965 My Life in the Blues Prestige  
(0)
 
  Lightnin' Hopkins with His Brothers & Barbara Dane 1965 Lightnin’ Hopkins with His Brothers & Barbara Dane Arhoolie  
(0)
 
  The Roots of Lightnin' Hopkins 1965 The Roots of Lightnin’ Hopkins    
(0)
 
  Lightnin', Sonny & Brownie 1965 Lightnin’, Sonny & Brownie Society  
(0)
 
 
Hootin' the Blues
1965 Hootin’ the Blues album review Original Blues Classics / Prestige Elite  
(2)
 
 
Blue Lightnin'
1965 Blue Lightnin’ album review Jewel / Jewel  
(2)
 
 
Sometimes I Believe She Loves Me
1966 Sometimes I Believe She Loves Me album review Arhoolie  
(1)
 
 
Soul Blues
1966 Soul Blues album review Original Blues Classics / Prestige Elite  
(2)
 
  Lightnin' Hopkins [Saga] 1966 Lightnin’ Hopkins [Saga] Saga Records  
(0)
 
  Something Blue 1967 Something Blue    
(0)
 
  Gotta Move Your Baby 1968 Gotta Move Your Baby Prestige  
(1)
 
 
Free Form Patterns
1968 Free Form Patterns album review Belwether / Bellaire  
(2)
 
 
The Texas Blues Man
1969 The Texas Blues Man Saar  
(1)
 
 
The Great Electric Show and Dance
1969 The Great Electric Show and Dance album review Jewel  
(36)
 
 
Lonesome Life
1969 Lonesome Life Collectables  
(1)
 
 
California Mudslide (And Earthquake)
1969 California Mudslide (And Earthquake) Ace  
(5)
 
  Blue Bird Blues 196? Blue Bird Blues Fontana Distribution  
(0)
 
  Lightnin' Hopkins [Horizon] 196? Lightnin’ Hopkins [Horizon] Horizon  
(0)
 
  Lightnin' Hopkins & John Lee Hooker 196? Lightnin’ Hopkins & John Lee Hooker Storyville  
(0)
 
  Lightnin' Hopkins [Guest Star] 196? Lightnin’ Hopkins [Guest Star] Guest Star  
(0)
 
  Burnin' in LA 196? Burnin’ in LA Fontana Distribution  
(0)
 
 
In New York
1970 In New York album review Candid  
(1)
 
  Lightnin', Vol. 1 1970 Lightnin’, Vol. 1 Poppy Records  
(0)
 
 
Blues Is My Business
1971 Blues Is My Business Edsel  
(0)
 
  Dirty Blues 1971 Dirty Blues Mainstream  
(2)
 
  The Blues [Mainstream] 1971 The Blues [Mainstream] Mainstream  
(1)
 
  Lets Work Awhile 1971 Lets Work Awhile Blue Horizon  
(1)
 
  Lonesome Lightnin' 1972 Lonesome Lightnin’ Carnival Recording Co.  
(0)
 
  Sounder [Original Soundtrack] 1972 Sounder [Original Soundtrack] CBS Records  
(0)
 
  King of Dowling Street 1972 King of Dowling Street Pathe  
(0)
 
  Lightnin' Hopkins [Trip] 1972 Lightnin’ Hopkins [Trip] TRIP  
(0)
 
  Blues Giant 1974 Blues Giant Olympic  
(0)
 
  In Berkeley 1975 In Berkeley Arhoolie  
(0)
 
  Low Down Dirty Blues 1975 Low Down Dirty Blues Mainstream  
(1)
 
  All Them Blues 1976 All Them Blues DJM Records  
(0)
 
  Earth Blues 197? Earth Blues United Artists Records  
(0)
 
  Strums the Blues 1983 Strums the Blues EMI Music Distribution  
(0)
 
 
Electric Lightnin'
1984 Electric Lightnin’ P-Vine Records  
(0)
 
  Bad Boogie 1986 Bad Boogie Diving Duck  
(0)
 
  Just Pickin'   Just Pickin’ Jukebox Entertainment

 

 

 

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