Robert Johnson
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1911-05-08
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Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson Biography (Wikipedia)

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 poorly documented life and death have given rise to much legend. The one most closely associated with his life is that he sold his soul to the devil at a local crossroads to achieve musical success. He is now recognized as a master of the blues, particularly as a progenitor of the Delta blues style.

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. He participated in only two recording sessions, one in San Antonio in 1936, and one in Dallas in 1937, that produced of 29 distinct songs (with 13 surviving alternate takes) recorded by famed Country Music Hall of Fame producer Don Law. These songs, recorded at low fidelity in improvised studios, were the totality of his recorded output. Most were released as 10-inch, 78 rpm singles from 1937–1938, with a few released after his death. Other than these recordings, very little was known of him during his life outside of the small musical circuit in the Mississippi Delta where he spent most of his life; much of his story has been reconstructed after his death by researchers.

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Crossroads
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Crossroads
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Me and the Devil Blues
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Me and the Devil Blues
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They're Red Hot
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They're Red Hot
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I Believe I'll Dust My Broom
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I Believe I'll Dust My Broom
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Little Queen Of Spades
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Little Queen Of Spades
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Come On In My Kitchen
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Come On In My Kitchen
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Cross Road Blues
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Cross Road Blues
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Cross Road Blues
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Cross Road Blues
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Hellhound On My Trail
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Hellhound On My Trail
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Kind Hearted Woman Blues
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Kind Hearted Woman Blues
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Sweet Home Chicago
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Sweet Home Chicago
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Terraplane Blues
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Terraplane Blues
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Malted Milk
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Malted Milk
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Crossroad Blues
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Crossroad Blues
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Kind Hearted Woman Blues
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Kind Hearted Woman Blues
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Dead Shrimp Blues
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Dead Shrimp Blues
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto No 17 in G major, K453 (3rd mvt)
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Piano Concerto No 17 in G major, K453 (3rd mvt)
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Travelling Riverside Blues
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Travelling Riverside Blues
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Me And The Devil Blues (Take 1)
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Me And The Devil Blues (Take 1)
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Drunken Hearted Man
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Drunken Hearted Man
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Preaching Blues (Up Jumped The Devil)
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Preaching Blues (Up Jumped The Devil)
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Phonograph Blues
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Phonograph Blues
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Love In Vain
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Love In Vain
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Cross Road Blues
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Cross Road Blues
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