Lightnin' Hopkins

Lightnin' Hopkins

Real Name:
Sam Hopkins
Profile:
American country blues singer, songwriter and guitarist.

Born: 15 March 1912, Centerville, Leon County, Texas, USA.
Died: 30 January 1982, Houston, Texas, USA.

In 1920, Hopkins met the legendary Blind Lemon Jefferson at a social function and got a chance to play with him.

His cousin was Texas Alexander. While they were playing together in Houston in 1946, he was discovered by Lola Anne Cullum of Los Angeles' Aladdin Records. Hopkins first recorded with pianist Wilson Smith and the pair were dubbed 'Lightning' & 'Thunder' to add some dynamic to their marketing.

Strong recordings followed from Hopkins, such as his song "Mojo Hand" (1960). He later inspired many artists such as Jimmie Vaughan, Townes Van Zandt and Ron "Pigpen" McKernan.
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Lightnin' Hopkins Discography

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LP-1012 Lightnin' Hopkins Lightnin' And The Blues (Album, Comp) Herald LP-1012 US 1955 Sell This Version
SLP-4022, SLP 4022 Lightnin' Hopkins Strums The Blues (Album) Score (3), Score (3) SLP-4022, SLP 4022 US 1958 Sell This Version
77-LA-12-1 Sam 'Lightnin' Hopkins* The Rooster Crowed In England (Album) 77 Records, 77 Records 77-LA-12-1 UK 1959 Sell This Version
FS3822 Lightnin' Hopkins Lightnin' Hopkins (Album) Folkways Records FS3822 US 1959 Sell This Version
TLP 1035 Lightnin' Hopkins Country Blues (Album) Tradition, Tradition TLP 1035 US 1959 Sell This Version
TLP 1040, TR 1040 Lightnin' Hopkins Autobiography In Blues (Album) Tradition TLP 1040, TR 1040 US 1960 Sell This Version
51-6051 Brownie McGhee - Lightnin' Hopkins - Big Joe Williams - Sonny Terry Brownie McGhee - Lightnin' Hopkins - Big Joe Williams - Sonny Terry - Down South Summit Meetin' (Album) World Pacific 51-6051 Australia 1960 Sell This Version
D 8000 Lightnin' Hopkins Lightning Strikes Again (Comp, Album) Dart Records D 8000 US 1960 Sell This Version
BVLP-1019 Lightnin' Hopkins Lightnin' (The Blues Of Lightnin' Hopkins) (Album) Prestige Bluesville BVLP-1019 France 1960 Sell This Version
CLP-5224 Lightning Hopkins* Sings The Blues Crown Records (2) CLP-5224 US 1961 Sell This Version
BV-1029 Lightnin' Hopkins & Sonny Terry Lightnin' Hopkins & Sonny Terry - Last Night Blues (Album) Prestige Bluesville BV-1029 US 1961 Sell This Version
CJM 8010 Sam Lightnin' Hopkins* Lightnin' In New York (Album, Comp) Candid CJM 8010 US 1961 Sell This Version
BV 1045 Lightnin' Hopkins Blues In My Bottle (Album) Prestige Bluesville BV 1045 US 1961 Sell This Version
FLP 104 Lightnin' Hopkins Mojo Hand (Album, Comp) Fire Records (2) FLP 104 US 1962 Sell This Version
LP-9180A Lightnin' Hopkins On Stage (Album) Imperial LP-9180A US 1962 Sell This Version
BV-1057 Lightnin' Hopkins Walkin' This Road By Myself (Album) Prestige Bluesville BV-1057 US 1962 Sell This Version
F 1011 Lightnin' Sam Hopkins* Lightnin' Sam Hopkins (Album) Arhoolie Records F 1011 US 1962 Sell This Version
LP-9211 Lightnin' Hopkins And The Blues (Comp) Imperial LP-9211 US 1962 Sell This Version
SL 10031 Lightnin' Hopkins Lightnin' Strikes (Comp, Album) Stateside SL 10031 UK 1962 Sell This Version
LP-9186 Lightnin' Hopkins Sings The Blues(LP, Mono) Imperial LP-9186 US 1962 Sell This Version
BVLP1070 Lightnin' Hopkins Smokes Like Lightning (Album) Prestige Bluesville BVLP1070 US 1963 Sell This Version
PR 1073 Lightnin' Hopkins Goin' Away (Album) Prestige Bluesville PR 1073 US 1963 Sell This Version
LD 681.30 Lightnin' Hopkins, Brownie McGhee, Sonny Terry, Big Joe Williams Lightnin' Hopkins, Brownie McGhee, Sonny Terry, Big Joe Williams - Blues Festival (Album) Disques Vogue LD 681.30 France 1963 Sell This Version
CLP 5369 Lightnin' Hopkins Lightnin' Hopkins (Album) Crown Records (2) CLP 5369 US 1963 Sell This Version
SL 10076 Lightnin' Hopkins, Brownie McGhee, Sonny Terry Lightnin' Hopkins, Brownie McGhee, Sonny Terry - Blues Hoot Live Recording At The Ash Grove (Album) Stateside SL 10076 UK 1963 Sell This Version

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September 11, 2015
Just picked up a CD that I don't see on the list. Unfortunately it is just the CD, no info. The name is Lightning Hopkins: Forever Gold. FGD57292 The CD was copy written in 1999-St. Claire Entertainment Group Inc. Made in Canada. Around the center is #990507A FGD57292 L381 MFG by CINRAM.

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