Artist Profiles: Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson

Born in Hazelhurst, Mississippi in 1911, Robert Johnson came to prominence in the 1930s, recording his 26-song catalog during two recording sessions in 1936 and 1937. The blues songs Johnson recorded over the course of those sessions went on to influence two generations of blues masters and became the foundation upon which much of rock and roll was built. He passed away in 1938 at the age of 27.

From early blues craftsmen like Muddy Waters and Elmore James to modern blues/rock innovators like Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones, no one has escaped the wide-ranging influence of this blues master.

Recommended recordings:

The Complete Recordings (The Centennial Collection)
King of Delta Blues Singers
King of the Delta Blues Singers Vol. 2

Videos:

The Search for Robert Johnson
Can’t You Hear the wind Howl? The Life & Music of Robert Johnson

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.

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