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Lightnin' Hopkins Finally Wins a Grammy

7 years ago by Chris Gray
It took the Texas Historical Society long enough to appropriately recognize Houston bluesman Lightnin' Hopkins, but not as long as the Grammys. As part of the run-up to Sunday night's 55th annual Grammy Awards, its governing body the Recording Academy announced that Hopkins, who died in 1982, will receive a...
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Lightnin' Hopkins Historical Marker Dedication

10 years ago by Chris Gray
For everyone who thinks the wheels of government only turn three speeds — slow, slower and slowest — we respectfully submit the case of one R. Eric Davis. One year ago, Davis was an average Houstonian who, like many others before him, was appalled that the only public memorial to...
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Po Lightnin': Lightnin' Hopkins: His Life and Blues

9 years ago by Bob Ruggiero
Lightnin' Hopkins: His Life and Blues By Alan Govenar Chicago Review Press, 368 pp., $28.95. With the dedication of a state historical marker in the Third Ward where he lived and played, Lightnin' Hopkins' name and music has gotten a bit of a boost lately. Long overdue, many would say,...
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Lightnin' Hopkins Marker Cast, Ready For Dedication

10 years ago by Chris Gray
Good news on the Lightnin' Hopkins historical marker front: It officially exists. R. Eric Davis, who raised the necessary funds and successfully petitioned the Texas Historical Commission to approve the marker, has received the monument to the legendary bluesman who spent the majority of his life in Houston. "I'm incredibly...
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Project Row Houses Salutes Lightnin' Hopkins

12 years ago by Chris Gray
Project Row Houses, the nationally acclaimed Third Ward-based artists' collective, honors the lasting impact of another Third Warder of note, Lightnin' Hopkins, in its new installation THUNDERBOLT SPECIAL: The Great Electric Show and Dance - Commemorating Sam Lightnin' Hopkins. After the opening reception from 4-7 p.m. Saturday at the El...
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Lightnin' Hopkins Dedication Draws Overflow Crowd

10 years ago by Chris Gray
Lightnin' Hopkins is official. Saturday morning, a crowd that overflowed the tent erected due to the inclement weather (though it never actually rained) showed up to witness the dedication of a state historical marker honoring Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins, the legendary bluesman who lived in Third Ward from the late 1940s...
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Lightnin' Hopkins Historical Marker Text Approved

10 years ago by Chris Gray
The Texas Historical Commission has approved the text that Eric Davis submitted for the historical marker honoring late Houston blues legend Lightnin' Hopkins, and will now send the text to a foundry so the marker can be cast. The commission approved Davis' proposal for the marker, which will be located...
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John Sebastian & Lightnin' Hopkins: The Odd Couple

6 years ago by Bob Ruggiero
"Houston had a special message for me as a young musician, and it came directly through Lightnin' Hopkins," John Sebastian says from his home in New York. But the former front man of the '60s band the Lovin' Spoonful and solo artist didn't just get the Houston vibe through the...
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Lightnin' Hopkins may finally get his marker

Spaced City Lightnin' Hopkins May Get His Marker Local seeks to honor bluesman By Chris Gray The Houston Press has written in the past about what a travesty it is that there is no official marker honoring perhaps the most famous and influential musician ever to call Houston home, country-blues...

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