Robert Johnson - Sondz

Overview

Robert Leroy Johnson (May 8, 1911 – August 16, 1938) was an American blues musician and songwriter. His landmark recordings in 1936 and 1937 display a combination of singing, guitar skills, and songwriting talent that has influenced later generations of musicians. Although his recording career spanned only seven months, he is now recognized as a master of the blues, particularly the Delta blues style, and is also one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as being "the first ever rock star".

As a traveling performer who played mostly on street corners, in juke joints, and at Saturday night dances, Johnson had little commercial success or public recognition in his lifetime. He participated in only two recording sessions, one in San Antonio in 1936, and one in Dallas in 1937, that produced 29 distinct songs (with 13 surviving alternate takes) recorded by famed Country Music Hall o...

Facts

Born8 May 1911, in Hazlehurst
Died16 Aug. 1938 (Aged: 27), in Greenwood
AreaUnited States
Years active2
StatusInactive
GenderMale
Role(s)GuitarLead VocalsLyricist
Label(s)VocalionColumbiaLegacyOrbisWorld Music NetworkAldabra RecordsCharly RecordsWeton-WesgramPrimoNew West Records

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