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Tweet The legend and legacy of Robert Johnson, singer-songwriter, quintessential bluesman, and rock and roll template and precursor, continue to this day, as does the shadow of controversy that follows him around. During his short life he traveled over large parts of the south and mid-west, made a few primitive recordings in seedy hotel rooms, had many friends, lovers, and enemies, and supposedly made a deal with Satan in order to play the guitar. His death at 27 years of age guaranteed him membership in a club far in his future – the forever 27 club of musicians and artists … Continue reading
Tweet Robert Johnson is a modern legend for many reasons, beginning with the fact that he died at 27 years of age, qualifying him for an early membership in the forever 27 club. He was an artist and performer who was not successful in his lifetime, but whose influence on subsequent generations of musicians and music lovers has been almost incalculable. He created his own songs, often borrowing melodies or phrases from the large blues lexicon that existed at that time, but demonstrating an originality and force of personality that was unusual in his era and still amazes today’s listener. … Continue reading
Tweet Robert Johnson, the father of modern blues and the rock and roll lifestyle, died at 27 years, 100 days old on August 16, 1938. The cause of death has been historically blamed on poisoning by strychnine, but this was never verified due to the circumstances surrounding the event, and to the hearsay nature of the evidence. Johnson was a handsome ladies man who, the story goes, unwittingly drank poison-laced whiskey supplied by a husband of one of the ladies. He had been the house entertainer at a dance hall in the country outside of Greenwood, Mississippi. Since his tenure … Continue reading