DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Lightnin’ Hopkins (aged 69)
American country blues singer, songwriter and musician
Samuel John “Lightnin'” Hopkins (March 15, 1912 – January 30, 1982) was an American country bluessinger, 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.
DEATH: Hopkins died of esophageal cancer in Houston on January 30, 1982, at the age of 69. His obituary in the New York Times described him as “one of the great country blues singers and perhaps the greatest single influence on rock guitar players.”
His Gibson J-160e “hollowbox” is on display at the Rock Hall of Fame in Cleveland, and his Guild Starfire at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in DC, both on loan from the Joe Kessler collection.