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Robert Johnson
Born 8th. May 1911 - Hazelhurst, Mississippi
Died 16th. August 1938 - Greenwood, Mississippi

The first REAL country bluesman I got into. I found Chicago blues through the Rolling Stones and others (as did most Brits in the '60s). I credit the Rolling Stones because I saw them (for the first time) in '64 and they were magnificent. From them I graduated to Robert Johnson et al. I bought the Robert Johnson LP and, WOW, nobody even knew exactly when he was born or when he died! Things have moved on since then and, apparently, Robert being a bit of a womaniser, he got too friendly with the wife of a local juke joint owner and was given a bottle of whiskey with the seal broken. You've guessed it, he drank it and never sang again (or got friendly with another woman). Only 27.
AND, if you'd never heard of Robert Johnson then Eric Clapton wouldn't speak to you! Hey, I've heard of RJ, you can speak to me Eric.

Some (truncated) covers of RJ's recordings:
Terraplane Blues - Canned Heat
Terraplane Blues - King Biscuit Boy
Crossroads - Cream
Crossroads - Derek & the Dominos
Ramblin' on my mind - Eric Clapton
Hellhound on my trail - Alexis Korner
Love in vain - Rolling Stones
Walkin' Blues - Taj Mahal

Dust my broom - Elmore James


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Robert Johnson
(1911 - 1938)