Long John Hunter
Long John Hunter
|Birth name||John Thurman Hunter Jr.|
|Born||July 13, 1931|
Ringgold, Louisiana, U.S.
|Died||January 4, 2016 (aged 84)|
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
|Genres||Texas blues, electric blues|
|Occupation(s)||Guitarist, singer, songwriter|
John Thurman Hunter Jr. (July 13, 1931 – January 4, 2016), known by the stage name Long John Hunter, was an American Texas blues and electric blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He released seven albums in his own name, and in his later years found critical acknowledgement outside of his homeland. Hunter's best known tracks are "El Paso Rock" and "Alligators Around My Door", the latter of which Hunter co-wrote with Bruce Iglauer.
Life and career
Hunter was born in Ringgold, Louisiana. He was raised on a farm in Magnolia, Arkansas, but by his early twenties was working in a box factory in Beaumont, Texas. He bought his first guitar after attending a B. B. King concert. He adopted the stage name Long John Hunter in 1953. His first single, "She Used to Be My Woman" backed with "Crazy Girl" was released by Duke Records in 1953. By 1957, he had relocated to El Paso, Texas, and found employment playing at the Lobby Club in Juárez, Mexico. He remained there for over thirteen years, releasing several singles in the early 1960s on local record labels. These tracks included one of his most notable numbers, "El Paso Rock".
His album Texas Border Town Blues was released in 1988 and the album Ride with Me in 1992. These were followed by two more albums for Alligator Records, Border Town Legend (1996) and Swinging from the Rafters (1997). In 1999, Hunter teamed up with Lonnie Brooks and Phillip Walker to release Lone Star Shootout.
|1988||Texas Border Town Blues||Double Trouble|
|1992||Ride with Me||Alligator|
|1994||Smooth Magic||Double Trouble|
|1996||Border Town Legend||Alligator|
|1997||Swinging from the Rafters||Alligator|
|1999||Ooh Wee Pretty Baby!||Norton|
|1999||Lone Star Shootout||Alligator|
|2003||One Foot in Texas||Doc Blues|
|2009||Looking for a Party||Blues Express|
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