Long John Hunter, American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, Died at 84


John Thurman Hunter Jr. was born on July 13, 1931, in Ringgold, Louisiana and died on January 4, 2016.

He American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter.

Long John Hunter was known by the stage name Long John Hunter, was an American Texas blues and electric blues guitarist, singer and songwriter.

John released seven albums in his own name, and in his later years found critical acknowledgement outside of his homeland.

His best-known tracks are “El Paso Rock” and “Alligators Around My Door”, the latter of which Hunter co-wrote with Bruce Iglauer.

Hunter was raised on a farm in Magnolia, Arkansas, but by his early twenties was working in a box factory in Beaumont, Texas.

Long John bought his first guitar after attending a B. B. King concert and then adopted the stage name of Long John Hunter in 1953.

He saw his first single, “She Used to Be My Woman” b/w “Crazy Girl”, released by Duke Records in 1953.

During the year 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, seeing the release of several singles in the early 1960s on local record labels.

The tracks included one of his most notable numbers, “El Paso Rock”.

His album released in 1988 Texas Border Town Blues was released.

The song titled ‘Ride with Me’ preceded a couple more albums for Alligator Records, in 1992, Border Town Legend (1996) and Swinging from the Rafters (1997).

In 1999, he teamed up with Lonnie Brooks and Phillip Walker to release Lone Star Shootout.

Long John appeared at the Long Beach Blues Festival in both 1996 and 2000.

Hunter’s last album release was Looking for a Party (2009).

He died on January 4, 2016, at his home in Phoenix, Arizona.[3]