Having little else to do after moving into our house, I spent most free time with my Ibanez learning new songs and faffing about when I stumbled upon the recordings of Robert Johnson.
Robert Johnson born ( possibly ) on May 8, 1911 is one of the pioneers of the blues genre and a influence on many legends including Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan. His entire life story is the basis of much fascination and research.
Born in Mississippi and later moved to Memphis to his father and continued to play in and around the large cities in Mississippi and Arkansas. He mostly toured around the state and also recorded about the 27-29 song along this line. He left a crappy guitarist and returned with unrivalled skill. With this being the 1920s, a rumour spread that he made a deal with a large black man ( the devil in disguise ) at a crossroads to gain mastery over his instrument. This evolved into the legend of the deal with the devil Johnson had made.
The second part of his mystery deals with his death, on August 16, 1938 near Greenwood in Mississippi . According to Sonny Williamson ( another fellow blues legend ) touring with him, his flirting with a married woman was followed by downing a bottle offered to him. This was further followed by apparent vomiting and in about 3 days, death ( always check for poison in your bottles kids! ). To top it off, there are not one but three possible grave sites where this Legend is buried as the first member of the infamous 27 Club. So all in all, the interesting mystery of this shadowy blues figure served no small part in popularizing his iconic songs when rediscovered by white musicians about 20-30 years later and cementing the legend of ‘Robert Johnson’.
- Some new info was discovered about Rob. John., check it out: http://www.npr.org/2011/05/07/136063911/robert-johnson-at-100-still-dispelling-myths