Robert Johnson (musician)
May 8, 1911|
Hazlehurst, Mississippi, U.S.
August 16, 1938 (aged 27)|
Greenwood, Mississippi, U.S.
Robert Johnson, born Robert Leroy Johnson (May 8, 1911 – August 16, 1938) is one of the most famous Delta blues musicians. He is known worldwide as the "King of the Delta Blues". He has also been called the "Grandfather of rock and roll".
Life[change | change source]
He was born in Hazlehurst, Mississippi. He was the 11th child of his mother Julia Major Dodds, and 10th child of his father Charles Dodds. When he was born, his father had left his mother. He was brought up by a field worker named Noah Johnson. That is why he chose "Johnson" for his family name.
Career[change | change source]
Johnson began playing guitar when he was a child. In February 1929, he married Virginia Travis and became serious about playing the guitar. His wife died in childbirth at the age of 16 in April 1930. Johnson began traveling up and down the Delta. Around 1936, he was introduced to other blues players through a friend.
He had a remarkable combination of talent for singing, playing the guitar and composing songs. His vocals, the originality of his songs and his style of playing guitar have influenced many musicians. These include: John Fogerty, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, The Yardbirds, The Black Keys, and The White Stripes. Eric Clapton said Johnson is "the greatest blues musician ever to live".
Death[change | change source]
Songs[change | change source]
|1.||11/23/36||Vocalion 3416||1937||Kind Hearted Woman Blues||2:29|
|2.||11/23/36||Vocalion 3416||Terraplane Blues||3:01|
|3.||11/26/36||Vocalion 3445||32-20 Blues||2:50|
|4.||11/27/36||Vocalion 3445||Last Fair Deal Gone Down||2:39|
|5.||11/23/36||Vocalion 3475||I Believe I'll Dust My Broom||2:57|
|6.||11/27/36||Vocalion 3475||Dead Shrimp Blues||2:29|
|7.||11/23/36||Vocalion 3519||Ramblin' On My Mind||2:57|
|8.||11/27/36||Vocalion 3519||Cross Road Blues||2:29|
|9.||11/23/36||Vocalion 3563||Come On In My Kitchen||2:52|
|10.||11/27/36||Vocalion 3563||They're Red Hot||2:56|
|11.||11/27/36||Vocalion 3601||Walkin' Blues||2:30|
|12.||11/23/36||Vocalion 3601||Sweet Home Chicago||2:57|
|13.||6/19/37||Vocalion 3623||From Four Until Late||2:22|
|14.||6/20/37||Vocalion 3623||Hellhound On My Trail||2:37|
|15.||6/20/37||Vocalion 3665||Malted Milk||2:20|
|16.||6/20/37||Vocalion 3665||Milkcow's Calf Blues||2:17|
|17.||6/19/37||Vocalion 3723||Stones In My Passway||2:28|
|18.||6/19/37||Vocalion 3723||I'm A Steady Rollin' Man||2:35|
|19.||6/20/37||Vocalion 4002||1938||Stop Breakin' Down Blues||2:21|
|20.||6/20/37||Vocalion 4002||Honeymoon Blues||2:16|
|21.||6/20/37||Vocalion 4108||Little Queen Of Spades||2:16|
|22.||6/20/37||Vocalion 4108||Me And The Devil Blues||2:34|
|23.||11/27/36||Vocalion 4630||1939||Preachin' Blues||2:52|
|24.||6/20/37||Vocalion 4630||Love In Vain||2:20|
All following songs were released after 1939:
|11/23/36||SA-2584-1||1961||When You Got A Good Friend take #1||2:37|
|11/23/36||SA-2584-2||When You Got A Good Friend take #2||2:50|
|11/23/36||SA-2585-1||1961||Come On In My Kitchen take #1||2:47|
|11/23/36||SA-2587-1||Phonograph Blues take #1||2:37|
|11/23/36||SA-2587-2||Phonograph Blues take #2||2:32|
|11/27/36||SA-2629-2||1961||Cross Road Blues take #2||2:29|
|11/27/36||SA-2633-1||1961||If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day||2:34|
|6/20/37||DAL-397-1||1961||Drunken Hearted Man take # 1||2:24|
|6/20/37||DAL-397-2||Drunken Hearted Man take # 2||2:19|
|6/20/37||DAL-400-1||1961||Travelin' Riverside Blues take # 1||2:47|
|6/20/37||DAL-400-2||Travelin' Riverside Blues take # 2||2:47|
|6/20/37||DAL-402-2||Love In Vain take # 1||2:28|
References[change | change source]
- "Robert Johnson". Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
- Komarma (2007) pp. 63-68