British blues rockers embraced John Lee in the early 1960's, with US bands soon to follow. He toured Europe and the US, collaborated with Van Morrison and Canned Heat, made a cameo appearance in The Blues Brothers, and was inducted into the Blues Foundation's Hall of Fame.
At the urging of Van Morrison, John Lee recorded The Healer (1989) with his friends, including Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana, and Robert Cray. And John Lee hit the mainstream, 40 years after he first climbed that R&B chart. The album sold more than any of his previous releases and won a Grammy for best blues recording. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received more Grammys, including a lifetime achievement award in 2000.
John Lee Hooker died in his sleep June 21, 2001, at the age of 83.