Robert Johnson (if the name doesn't ring a bell, you want to open this thread)
Posted 08 May 2012 - 03:43 AM
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.
Posted 08 May 2012 - 04:07 AM
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.
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.
Posted 09 May 2012 - 01:23 PM
Posted 09 May 2012 - 03:33 PM
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).