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#1 Speckta

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 03:43 AM

I just ordered The Centennial Collection from Amazon ( http://www.amazon.co...36447814&sr=8-1 ).

He's been covered by Eric Clapton (Cream, Derek & The Dominos), Duane Allman (Delaney & Bonnie and Friends), The North Mississippi Allstars, The Allman Brothers Band, and more, and I think he was probably the inspiration behind at least some of the Grateful Dead's Deal.

Just heard about him, and his legend on Radio Lab's Crossroads episode ( http://www.radiolab..../16/crossroads/ ). I highly recommend a listen.

Turns out, I had a whole album dedicated to his work (Dealin' With The Devil - Songs of Robert Johnson), and I never even knew who he was.

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 03:55 AM

He sold his soul to the devil at Hwy 61 & 49 " The Crossroads" He, like many others died at age 27....

#3 Speckta

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 04:07 AM

According to Radio Lab... That legend is.. Just that...

Apparently this other Blues guy, Jimmy Johnson told his brother that HE (Jimmy) has sold his sold to the devil. This was reported and shared by somebody doing a biographical article on Jimmy Johnson after his death, and one of his friends thought the legend fit Robert Johnson (no relations) better, so he just started using it for him, and it stuck.

Also, there's contradictory reports on when Robert Johnson died. If you got 30 minutes, check out the link above.

#4 Smiles

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 05:59 AM

Squeeze my lemon...

#5 TakeAStepBack

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 10:55 AM



#6 hoagie

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 04:30 PM

Crossroads with Ralph Macchio...its The Karate Kid with guitars and a black guy instead of karate and a Japanese guy!

#7 gram-man

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 05:01 PM

The guitar player in "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou," the one they pickup hitch-hiking, that's supposed to be Robert Johnson.

#8 Mind Left Body

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 05:56 PM

Can't say enough about him. I listen to him all the time. He certainly is a legend.

#9 hoagie

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 06:24 PM

The guitar player in "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou," the one they pickup hitch-hiking, that's supposed to be Robert Johnson.


yeah, but then why did they have him singing a tune written by Skip James, and not Robert Johnson. Always bothered me...



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Posted 08 May 2012 - 06:24 PM



#11 vic

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 07:28 PM

sheeeeit, if his name doesn't ring a bell, you shouldn't be on any kind of music message board

#12 gram-man

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 07:53 PM

yeah, but then why did they have him singing a tune written by Skip James, and not Robert Johnson. Always bothered me...


MIght've been a rights thing. Might've been them wanting to keep it loosely based off him so they used a different song. Who knows.

#13 hoagie

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 08:02 PM

Well every other song on that soundtrack were traditionals....so you might have a point there.

#14 Speckta

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 02:41 AM

sheeeeit, if his name doesn't ring a bell, you shouldn't be on any kind of music message board


His name didn't ring a bell for me.. And I even owned some of his stuff =)

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 01:23 PM

It's definitley knowledge for the hardcore blues lover. I'll bet most younger folks today, even well versed in music, don't know who R. Johnson is at least not purely by name. That said, they are missing out on a legendary bluesman. Interesting story behind his recordings too and the legend of the lost tracks.

#16 Speckta

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 03:02 PM

Go on.... ?

#17 Mind Left Body

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 03:26 PM

Funny you posted this...his 101st Birthday was yesterday.

#18 TakeAStepBack

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 03:33 PM

Well, there is a bunch of debate on whether the original recordings were sped or slowed. The tinkering in legend as to why Johnson chose to sit facing a corner...for acoustics, or because he was a shy performer. The mysteries and legends of his highly unknown early life.

The man is a literal living legend. The 29 tracks he laid down in TX that November day in 1936 will definitely live forever. Regardless of what we do and do not know (including how exactly he died).

#19 Speckta

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 06:30 PM

Nice.

#20 hoagie

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 08:43 PM

"The man is a literal living legend."

is he, now? :lol:

#21 TakeAStepBack

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 09:25 PM

OK, well. He wasn't a legend when he was alive. Quite the opposite. Until his style began to permeate the genre. Now he's a living legend.

#22 Speckta

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 03:08 AM

I think TinyHat is taking exception to your statement based on the fact that it's hard for dead people to be living anything... Except zombies I guess...

#23 seany

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 03:17 AM

sheeeeit, if his name doesn't ring a bell, you shouldn't be on any kind of music message board


This. Seriously.

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 04:15 AM

sheeeeit, if his name doesn't ring a bell, you shouldn't be on any kind of music message board


:joker:
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