Music Monday and Robert Johnson

Last week, I blogged about Janis Joplin who passed away at age 27.

Now, I’ll take you way back to another legendary figure who died at this tender age. Robert Johnson was an American blues singer who played mostly on street corners and juke joints. He enjoyed little commercial success or public recognition in his lifetime. It was only after his death that his work reached a wider audience. Many artists, including Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, and Fleetwood Mac cited Johnson as a huge influencer on their music.

I am the proud owner of his double-disc box set called The Complete Recordings—a great buy if you want to listen to more of this important blues singer and guitarist.

Here is “Cross Road Blues,” a song later popularized as “Crossroads” by Eric Clapton with Cream.

Robert Johnson died August 16, 1938, almost 77 years ago.



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9 responses to “Music Monday and Robert Johnson

  1. Such a great artist; wonderful to showcase him!

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  2. It’s been quite awhile since I last heard of him!

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  4. Wow. You have The Complete Recordings set? He’s a legend.

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  5. With an ability to pick up tunes at first hearing, Johnson had no trouble giving his audiences what they wanted, and certain of his contemporaries later remarked on Johnson’s interest in jazz and country music. Johnson also had an uncanny ability to establish a rapport with his audience; in every town in which he stopped, Johnson would establish ties to the local community that would serve him well when he passed through again a month or a year later.

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  6. Tomas, thank you for your comment, and a terrific story about Robert Johnson. 🙂


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