*in recognition of National Black History Month
On November 23, 1936, Robert Johnson recorded his songs for the first time in San Antonio,Texas. This first of two sessions was unceremoniously squeezed between W.Lee O’Daniel & His Hillbilly Boys the day before, and Hermanas Barazacon guitarras the day after. Yet out of this modest recording session, after which Robert Johnson collected his money and disappeared again into the wilds of the Mississippi Delta, came a powerful and unique sound which forever changed music in America.
The vitality of Robert Johnson’s music has been reaffirmed by the many remakes of his songs, from such diverse artists as Lee Roy Parnell to Eric Clapton to the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Moreover, his music influenced artists such as Muddy Waters, who in turn advanced the birth of rock’n’roll. But it is not just Johnson’s incredible guitar playing or fantastically expressive singing which deserves homage. His lyrics, which are commonly considered as only context to his music, are actually rich, tightly wrought poems worthy of intense literary examination. ~ The Robert Johnson Notebooks
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