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Sam Hopkins was a Texas bluesman who pursued his calling from the '20s all the way to the '80s. Hopkins was a master rhythm guitar player and lyrical improviser. Influenced by Blind Lemon Jefferson and Texas Alexander, Hopkins—rechristened "Lightnin'"—signed with Aladdin Records in the '40s. The prolific singer/guitarist, who recorded for countless labels over the years, scored hits up to the mid-'50s before falling into obscurity. Hopkins returned in 1959 on the Folkways label, introducing his music to an entirely new audience, and he continued working until his death in 1982.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sam Hopkins was a Texas bluesman who pursued his calling from the '20s all the way to the '80s. Hopkins was a master rhythm guitar player and lyrical improviser. Influenced by Blind Lemon Jefferson and Texas Alexander, Hopkins—rechristened "Lightnin'"—signed with Aladdin Records in the '40s. The prolific singer/guitarist, who recorded for countless labels over the years, scored hits up to the mid-'50s before falling into obscurity. Hopkins returned in 1959 on the Folkways label, introducing his music to an entirely new audience, and he continued working until his death in 1982.

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