With blues musician John Lee Hooker's birthday just a day after Count Basie's, I couldn't resist continuing the theme of great musicians with notable cameo roles in popular comedy films. Even if the name is not familiar to you, you might have heard songs like "Boom Boom" or "Boogie Chillun" in films such as The Waterboy or The Longest Yard.

But who am I kidding? I'm willing to bet that the movie most responsible for people hearing Hooker's music is the one feature film in which he makes an appearance: the 1980 film The Blues Brothers. You remember those guys playing music outside of the soul food cafe? That's Hooker in the tan jacket, playing music that makes everyone who walks by want to dance. Everybody recognizes Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin, but the next time you watch The Blues Brothers, pay attention to John Lee Hooker, performing with a stellar group that included another blues legend, Pinetop Perkins. Hooker died in 2001.
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