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Sam “Lightnin'” Hopkins

  • Birth 15 Mar 1912 Centerville, Leon County, Texas, USA
  • Death 30 Jan 1982 Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
  • Burial Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
  • Plot Section 23 (Lawn View), Lot 266, Space 11. From the road, he's southwest of the Zuchowski grave
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  • Memorial ID 2715

Musician. Born in Centerville, Texas, he was an acclaimed blues guitarist, singer-songwriter, known for his distinctive style. In the course of his career which spanned nearing five decades, it has been estimated he recorded between 800 and 1000 songs such as "T-Model Blues" and "Tim Moore's Farm". He was an influence to artist to include Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, R.E.M, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eric Clapton and was the subject of the film documentary "The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin Hopkins" (1967). He is number 71 on Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. He died of esophageal cancer in Houston, Texas, at the age of 69.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 31 Dec 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 2715
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sam “Lightnin'” Hopkins (15 Mar 1912–30 Jan 1982), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2715, citing Forest Park Cemetery, Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .