Robert Johnson

American blues musician Robert Johnson

Robert Leroy Johnson was an American blues singer and musician. His landmark recordings from 1936–37 display a combination of singing, guitar skills, and songwriting talent that has 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.
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08 May 1911

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Pop's tops for Johnson clan - The Manly Daily
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John Johnson (centre) with his some of his 10 children (Peter Johnson, from left, Angela Rudge, Ged Johnson and Robert Johnson) and 30 grandchildren (Cody, from left, Tyler, Kyle, Charlie, Cooper and Kira). WITH 10 children and 30 grandchildren,
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9/11 tributes: Dances of remembrance and hope - The Star-Ledger - NJ.com
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By Robert Johnson/The Star-Ledger Paul B. GoodeDancers rehearse for the "Table of Silence Project," choreographed by Jacqulyn Buglisi NEW YORK—Choreographer Sarah Skaggs was in her apartment, listening to National Public Radio, when she first heard
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McDowell County Man in Critical Condition Following Alleged Murder Suicide - WVNS
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A close family friend said Robert Johnson entered his home on Jenkinjones Road in Anawalt at around 2 pm on Wednesday and shot his wife, Patricia, in the head. According to the friend, Johnson then went to his brother's house, told him what he had done
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David 'Honeyboy' Edwards dies at 96; Chicago bluesman - Los Angeles Times
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Edwards, the son of a sharecropper and grandson of a slave, performed with the founders of the art form, Robert Johnson, Charlie Patton, Son House, Tommy McLennan, Sonny Boy Williamson, Big Joe Williams. He was the last of the bluesmen from his ... - -
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MUSIC REVIEW; Two Interpretations of New York, One Layered With Tart Observations
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If classical music in its traditional forms is scarce at Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the series has always had a place for new music of the Downtown persuasion. Its principal offering from that world this summer was a double bill of idiosyncratic violinist-composers on Wednesday evening. Todd Reynolds opened the program, sharing the stage with
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Native Sons
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THE NIGHT TRAIN By Clyde Edgerton 215 pp. Little, Brown & Company. $23.99. Clyde Edgerton's slim, charming 10th novel is set in the rural South, as the spring of 1963 turns into summer. It is a fraught moment in American history, but in the town of Starke, N.C., the rhetoric and rupture of the civil rights movement are still felt only as distant
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Education, jobs on lips of Rep. candidates - Natchez Democrat
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Incumbent Representative Robert Johnson said increasing the value of education in Adams County would ultimately affect its economy. “You don't change education just with money,” he said. “The best way to change anything is to have a strong economic
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Texas Heat Wave Affects Idaho Cattle Prices - LocalNews8.com
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"In my mind I think one of the biggest risks we have is just our overall economy," said cattle feeder Robert Johnson. For most feedlots around the country though, July has been anything but typical. Hot, dry weather in the South and Midwest caused
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Prison Sentence may Await Johnson - Patch.com
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Robert Johnson, whose family ran the former Quarry Town Stables in Portland, was convicted of a probation violation and now faces five years and three months in prison. On Thursday, he asked the judge at Middlesex Superior Court for leniency
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    TWENTIES
  • 1938
    Age 26
    In 1938, Columbia Records producer John H. Hammond, who owned some of Johnson's records, had record producer Don Law seek out Johnson to book him for the first "From Spirituals to Swing" concert at Carnegie Hall in New York.
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  • 1937
    Age 25
    In 1937, Johnson traveled to Dallas, Texas, for another recording session with Don Law in a makeshift studio at the Vitagraph (Warner Brothers) Building, at 508 Park Avenue, where Brunswick Record Corporation was located on the third floor.
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  • 1936
    Age 24
    In 1961, the sleeve notes to the album King of the Delta Blues Singers included reminiscences of Don Law who had recorded Johnson in 1936.
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    Five significant dates from his career are documented: Monday, Thursday and Friday, November 23, 26, and 27, 1936, at a recording session in San Antonio, Texas; and Saturday and Sunday, June 19 and 20, 1937, at a recording session in Dallas.
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    In Jackson, Mississippi, around 1936, Johnson sought out H. C. Speir, who ran a general store and also acted as a talent scout.
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    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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  • 1935
    Age 23
    Some scholars have argued that the devil in these songs may refer not only to the Christian figure of Satan but also to the African trickster god Legba, himself associated with crossroads. Folklorist Harry M. Hyatt wrote that, during his research in the South from 1935–1939, when African-Americans born in the 19th or early-20th century said they or anyone else had "sold their soul to the devil at the crossroads," they had a different meaning in mind.
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  • 1933
    Age 21
    Fellow musician Shines was 17 when he met Johnson in 1933.
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  • 1932
    Age 20
    From 1932 until his death in 1938, Johnson moved frequently between large cities like Memphis, Tennessee, and Helena, Arkansas, and the smaller towns of the Mississippi Delta and neighboring regions of Mississippi and Arkansas.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1931
    Age 19
    The court heard that he had been born to Virgie Jane Smith (later Virgie Jane Cain), who had a relationship with Robert Johnson in 1931.
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    While living in Martinsville, Johnson fathered a child with Vergie Mae Smith. He married Caletta Craft in May 1931.
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  • 1929
    Age 17
    After school, Robert adopted the surname of his natural father, signing himself as Robert Johnson on the certificate of his marriage to sixteen-year-old Virginia Travis in February 1929.
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  • 1924
    Age 12
    Robert was at school in 1924 and 1927 and the quality of his signature on his marriage certificate suggests that he was relatively well educated for a boy of his background.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1920
    Age 8
    In the 1920 census he is listed as Robert Spencer, living in Lucas, Arkansas, with Will and Julia Willis.
  • 1919
    Age 7
    About 1919, Robert rejoined his mother in the Mississippi Delta area around Tunica and Robinsonville, Mississippi.
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  • 1911
    Born
    Carrie Thompson claimed that her mother, who was also Robert's mother, remembered his birth date as May 8, 1911.
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