Today we remember the King of the Delta Blues… Robert Johnson, (May 8, 1911 – Aug. 16, 1938) whose influence has been felt all over the blues and rock & roll world.
On the album Me And Mr. Johnson, Eric Clapton pays tribute to Robert Johnson, reknown as the most mythic figure of the blues era, and covers 14 of the 29 songs Johnson wrote and recorded in his 27-year lifetime.
One hundred years ago, a boy-child was born in Mississippi – a dirt-poor, African-American who would grow up, learn to sing and play the blues, and eventually achieve worldwide renown.
In the decades after his death, he has become known as the King of the Delta Blues Singers, his music expanding in influence to the point that rock stars of the greatest magnitude – the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, the Allman Brothers – all sing his praise and have recorded his songs.
That boy-child was Robert Johnson, an itinerant blues singer and guitarist who lived from 1911 to 1938. He recorded 29 songs between 1936 and ‘37 for the American Record Corporation, which released eleven 78rpm records on their Vocalion label during Johnson¹s lifetime, and one after his death.
Most of these tunes have attained canonical status, and are now considered enduring anthems of the genre: “Cross Road Blues,” “Love In Vain,” “Hellhound On My Trail,” “I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom,” “Walking Blues,” & “Sweet Home Chicago.”
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Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
Written by: Mike Withrow
Posted in Blues