Robert Johnson
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1911-05-08
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Robert Johnson

Biography

Robert Leroy Johnson (May 8, 1911 – August 16, 1938) was an American blues singer-songwriter and musician. His landmark recordings in 1936 and 1937 display a combination of singing, guitar skills, and songwriting talent that has influenced later generations of musicians. ...

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Biography

Robert Leroy Johnson (May 8, 1911 – August 16, 1938) was an American blues singer-songwriter and musician. His landmark recordings in 1936 and 1937 display a combination of singing, guitar skills, and songwriting talent that has influenced later generations of musicians. Johnson's shadowy and poorly documented life and death at age 27 have given rise to much legend, including the Faustian myth that he sold his soul to the devil at a crossroads to achieve success. As an itinerant performer who played mostly on street corners, in juke joints, and at Saturday night dances, Johnson had little commercial success or public recognition in his lifetime.

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Brigg Fair
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Kindhearted Woman Blues
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Kindhearted Woman Blues
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Cross Road Blues
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Cross Road Blues
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Come On In My Kitchen
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Come On In My Kitchen
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Me And The Devil
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Me And The Devil
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Preaching Blues (Up Jumped The Devil)
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Preaching Blues (Up Jumped The Devil)
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Stones In My Passway
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Stones In My Passway
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Me and The Devil Blues
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Me and The Devil Blues
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Traveling Riverside Blues
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Traveling Riverside Blues
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Little Queen Of Spades
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Little Queen Of Spades
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Walking Blues
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Walking Blues
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Love In Vain
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Love In Vain
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They're Red Hot
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They're Red Hot
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Preaching Blues
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Preaching Blues
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Sweet Home Chicago
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Sweet Home Chicago
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Ramblin' On My Mind
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Ramblin' On My Mind
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The Temporiser
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The Temporiser
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Hellhound On My Trail
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Hellhound On My Trail
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Last Fair Deal Gone Down
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Last Fair Deal Gone Down
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Dead Shrimp Blues
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Dead Shrimp Blues
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Phonograph Blues
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Phonograph Blues
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Robert Johnson Biography

Robert Leroy Johnson (May 8, 1911 – August 16, 1938) was an American blues singer-songwriter and musician. His landmark recordings in 1936 and 1937 display a combination of singing, guitar skills, and songwriting talent that has influenced later generations of musicians. Johnson's shadowy and poorly documented life and death at age 27 have given rise to much legend, including the Faustian myth that he sold his soul to the devil at a crossroads to achieve success. As an itinerant performer who played mostly on street corners, in juke joints, and at Saturday night dances, Johnson had little commercial success or public recognition in his lifetime.

It was only after the reissue of his recordings in 1961, on the LP King of the Delta Blues Singers, that his work reached a wider audience. Johnson is now recognized as a master of the blues, particularly of the Mississippi Delta blues style. He is credited by many rock musicians as an important influence; Eric Clapton has called Johnson "the most important blues singer that ever lived." Johnson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an early Influence in their first induction ceremony in 1986. In 2010, David Fricke ranked Johnson fifth in Rolling Stone′s list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

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