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Hooker, Joplin Honored

March 5, 1998

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ About 100 fans braved a chill for a bluesy cause _ to see John Lee Hooker and the late Janis Joplin honored with plaques on the Walk of Fame.

Guitarist Carlos Santana heaped praise on them both at Wednesday’s unveiling of the bronze sidewalk plaques. He said Hooker, who won a Grammy Award last week for his collaboration ``Don’t Look Back″ with Van Morrison, has abundant God-given talent.

``Your music is a sign to lift people’s consciousness so we can truly believe we have peace, life, love and joy,″ Santana told dozens of fans who gathered under clear skies.

Of Joplin, he said: ``When she started singing, you got goose bumps on your goose bumps.″

The annual unveiling precedes Saturday night’s California Music Awards, also known as the Bammies. The plaques are outside Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, named for the rock promoter who died in 1991.

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