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Wikipedia : This day (January 30, 1982), in Houston, Texas, died Sam John ‘Lightnin” Hopkins, an American country blues singer and guitarist.
@ allmusic : Pioneering musicologist Sam Charters produced Hopkins in a solo context for Folkways Records that same year, cutting an entire LP, Lightnin’ Hopkins, in Hopkins’ tiny apartment (on a borrowed guitar).
@last.fm : When Hopkins made his way to Houston’s Third Ward in 1946 he was introduced to Lola Anne Cullum, a talent scout who had pieced together deals with companies such as Aladdin Records out of Los Angeles. She paired up Hopkins with a piano player by the name of Wilson “Thunder” Smith and came up with the name “Lightnin’” as an obvious match. It stuck.
@Discogs : His cousin was Texas Alexander. While they were playing together in Houston in 1946, he was discovered by Lola Anne Cullum of Los Angeles’ Aladdin Records. Hopkins first recorded with pianist Wilson Smith and the pair were dubbed ‘Lightning’ & ‘Thunder’ to add some dynamic to their marketing.