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in a friend’s home in Greenwood Mississippi on 16th Tuesday, August, 1938, he died as virtual unknown. A handful of songs recorded in 1936 and 1937 (only a few of which was released on 78 rpm vinyl at the time) was all that was left of him. In 1990, some 50 more year later, Columbia Records released entire recordings of Robert Johnson in CD format under the name Robert Johnson : The Complete Recordings. Within a year, the CD went platinum and Robert Johnson was hailed as the most important Bluesman of all times, his music became gospel to the Blues community. How did it all happen?

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His biggest early influences included Jewell, Martin and Ray Snell – a local blues trio, Stop and Fixit - a travelling blues duo (originally from GA but Fixit stayed and passed away in Dothan) and local musician Blind Murphy. Eddie ran off with one of the medicine shows that came through Dothan, The Silas Green Sugar Girls.

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Handy, and although he was a jazz bandleader, he did profit from his use of the Blues, coming across akin to Shakespeare and Robert Johnson in that he wasn’t above using others work to expand upon it with incredible effect.

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Discussing his lifelong musical enthusiasm, he says: “I wanted to find America, in all its different colours and horizons, that’s been my trip. I never inhaled a chemical after 1977, but I’m still inhaling America.” He is incredibly knowledgeable about blues, its African source and subsequent American tributaries and European tangents, conversation digressing down geographical and historical avenues, the slave trade, the culture of Louisiana, the electrification of country blues, and its near cosmic power when first heard in Britain. “Robert Johnson stole my heart when I was 14. I tuned into a subculture running parallel to my shiny grammar-school life.

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of the name Robert Johnson conjures up imagery of the devil, dark passageways, the crossroads, hellhounds and selling one’s soul to the devil at mid-night at the crossroads. The legend of Robert Johnson is heavily associated with the voodoo culture of Black Americans. So many stories about Robert Johnson cropped up year after year from supposed eye-witnesses and so-called close friends, it is nearly impossible to tell between fact and fiction. Whatever the legend, whatever the stories, fact or fiction, Robert Johnson is undoubted the most important figure in the history of the Blues.

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it must be pointed out that Robert Johnson was no innovator in the true sense of the word. All his music was rooted in the music he heard and learnt from older musicians of his times. If you want to be polite, you say he borrowed from Son House, Charlie Patton, Willie Brown. If you want to be blunt, you will say he stole all the great licks from them. No man is an island, we all draw from influences. But like all great musicians, Robert Johnson borrowed music from others and made it his own. He could be playing an exact copy a song he borrowed with some new words thrown in but when you listen to the original you could swear someone borrowed Robert Johnson’s song. Prior to Robert Johnson, Blues was pretty much free form music, there was no standard progression or form, the music often followed how the singer felt at the time. Robert Johnson imposed a shape to the music which became what is now known as the three line stanza 12 bar Blues. Although most of Robert Johnson’s songs are not strictly 12 bars in length as he tended to put extra beats in different bars, Robert Johnson in essence shaped 12 bar standard Blues format. Most of his songs have now become standards : Crossroads Blues, Terraplane Blues, Walking Blues, Sweet Home Chicago, 32-20 Blues, Come On Into My Kitchen. I have never across any Blues musician who has not at some stage or another played Robert Johnson songs.

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I highly recommend the book by Peter Gurnalick published by Dutton Belisk Book. This is an excellent book, the author had done a great deal of meticulous research and had interview eye-witness and friends alike. At to viewing materials, try released by Columbia Music Video. This documentary is available in DVD format. In the film, John Hammond will take you on a journey you will never forget. They even found one of Robert Johnson’s old flames Wille Mae (a name you hear on Robert’s songs) to appear on the film. Incredible.