Lightnin' Hopkins


Birthday March 15, 1912

Birth Sign Pisces

Birthplace Centerville, TX

DEATH DATE Jan 30, 1982 (69)

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Texas blues guitarist whose career spanned sixty years and who was Houston's poet-in-residence for thirty-five years.

Before Fame

He failed at his first attempt at music stardom and had to come back home to work as a farmhand.


He is alluded to in popular culture, like in Erykah Badu's song "Window Seat."

Family Life

He grew up with two brothers, John Henry and Joel, who were also bluesmen.

Associated With

He debuted at Carnegie Hall alongside Pete Seeger.