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Blues singer and guitarist Lightnin’ Hopkins played for Queen Elizabeth II at a command performance and once served time in the Houston County Jail in Texas. A native of Centerville, Hopkins made his first guitar out of a chicken box. He recorded under 20 labels, but his audience remained small until 1959, when he hit the big time. In the 1960s he performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall with Pete Seeger and Joan Baez. Hopkins also worked with such groups as the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane. A prolific songwriter, he often wove his own life story and the plight of blacks into his compositions.