Robert Johnson, the King of the Delta Blues Singers (and Guitarists) was born in Hazelhurst, Mississippi, on this day, May 8, in 1911.
To again celebrate this day – please turn to the archives for November 2011 to read my first “It’s Robert Johnson’s birthday!!!” post – I can think of no better way than with a song from the man himself.
From his very first recording session, held on Monday, November 23, 1936 in San Antonio, Texas for the American Record Corporation and released on Vocalion Records in August of 1937, here is Robert Johnson playing and singing: “Sweet Home Chicago.”
If you’d like to learn more about Robert Johnson’s San Antonio recording sessions, check out my post of November 27, 2011. It contains a link to another Robert Johnson song: “Walking Blues.”
My post of June 20, 2012 about Robert Johnson’s last recording session held in June, 1937 in Dallas, Texas, contains two more recordings: “Hell Hound On My Trail” and “Love In Vain.”
Robert Johnson passed away on August 16, 1938 in Greenwood, Mississippi.
Long may his music live!
Love this man and the songs he wrote in his all too brief career. As long as there is an audience for the blues, there will be an interest in this man and his music….
Something just occurred to me…. He is yet another music icon who died at age 27.