Monday Music: Robert Johnson – King of the Delta Blues Singers

2 May

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

King of the Delta Blues Singers is a compilation album by American blues musician Robert Johnson, released in 1961 on Columbia Records. It is considered one of the greatest and most influential blues releases ever. In 2003, the album was ranked number 27 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Guy is a legend. He was ranked fifth in Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time   Eric Clapton has called Johnson “the most important blues singer that ever lived”.

CROSSROADS

ME AND THE DEVIL (1936) ROBERT JOHNSON

ME AND THE DEVIL (2010) : GIL SCOTT-HERON


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