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NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 30: Craig MacGregor, Charlie Huhn, Roger Earl and Bryan Bassett of Foghat perform onstage at the Paradise Artists Party during Day 4 of the IEBA 2014 Conference on September 30, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for IEBA)

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Foghat: “Slow Ride”

The Hook: They “borrowed” a John Lee Hooker riff, but changed the rhythm.

Album: Fool for the City

Year: 1975

Writer: Dave Peverett

Stats: Peaked at number-20 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The Background: “Slow Ride” is Foghat’s most successful single, and the only one that reached the Top 20. Drummer Roger Earl explains how it came about.

Foghat drummer Roger Earl on how they came up with “Slow Ride.” OC:…John Lee. :15

“It’s a John Lee Hooker riff played in like a straight 4/4 as opposed to a shuffle. It’s, you know, the boogie. We borrowed it. What did Peter Wolf say to me? Professionals steal and amateurs borrow. [Laughs] Thanks, Pete. Thank you, John Lee.”

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