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Robert Leroy Johnson (Hazlehurst, Mississippi1911 – May 8, Three Forks (Mississippi)16 August 1938) is one of the most influential American blues artists of all time.Although he was only 27, but has done and two recording sessions but left some twenty songs, he is the example for many blues singers and guitarists. He lived in the u.s. State of Mississippi.

The magazine Rolling Stone placed him in 2003 at place 5 of the most respected guitarists of all time.


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Johnson attended the first part of his life on a plantation where he learned to play blues harmonica , but it was his desire to learn to play guitar . Within a very short time he succeeded in, using, among other things, the mysterious Ike Zinneman[source?], the instrument is more than sufficient to master. This performance brought the fable in the world that Johnson had sold his soul to the Devil. He would have gone to a crossroads one night to play guitar. At midnight he would be approached by a tall, dark man (the devil), who gave him his instrument, and voted for him, and Rebellin takes over his the, rendered to him in Exchange for his soul, after which he could play it perfectly. [source?]

Johnson died at the age of 27 near Greenwood. After one of his performances he would have drunk whiskey that would be with strychnine poisoned by a jealous husband of one of its DAB rels. He died several days later. Whether there was an strychnine poisoning is doubted. Officially not known where Johnson is buried. There are three locations qualify and there are two different gravestones, both of which have been placed until much later.


  • He took out the ban of the Church over itself because he suggested in a few songs (me and the devilhellhound on my trail) that he had sold his soul to the Devil to be able to play guitar as well.
  • Johnson is most certainly not the inventor of the blues; that existed for quite some time before Johnson became active. Its importance for the history of music is in the mix that he made by existing Delta blues and other influences. Characteristic is the rhythmic, rolling guitar music. During his life he played with later blues giants like Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf.

Johnson in popular culture[Edit]Edit

  • In 1986 , the film was released, Crossroads in which the search for a lost song by Robert Johnson has a theme.
  • In 1994 came in the us a stamp out with Johnson's face on it. This was made from one of the two photos of him are known. However, the cigarette airbrushed out.

[1][2]Robert Johnson's tombstone*Johnson is number 5 on the list of greatest guitarists of all time, according to Rolling Stone.

  • In 2006 there was an episode of the Supernatural series loosely based on him. The episode is called Crossroad Blues and the actor LaMonde Byrd.
  • Zwerf'on In the theater program of the Dutch comedy duo Acda en de Munnik Thomas Acda tells a story based on the myth of Robert Johnson. In this dream, the protagonist is that Acda that he his soul to the devil in Exchange for talent sells.
  • In the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) is the character "Tommy Johnson" a blues singer who would have sold his soul to the devil. Contrary to what many people think he is not a reference to Robert Johnson, but to blues singer Tommy Johnson, who also said that he had sold his soul to the devil.



  • 32-20 Blues
  • Come On In My Kitchen (two versions)
  • Cross Road Blues (two versions)
  • Dead Shrimp Blues
  • I Believe I'll Dust My Broom
  • If I Had Possession Over Judgment Day
  • Kindhearted Woman Blues (two versions)
  • Last Fair Deal Gone Down
  • Phonograph Blues (two versions)
  • Preaching Blues (Up Jumped the Devil)
  • Rambling On My Mind (two versions)
  • Sweet Home Chicago
  • Terraplane Blues
  • They're Red Hot
  • Walking Blues
  • When You Got a Good Friend (two versions)


  • Drunken Hearted Man (two versions)
  • From Four Till Late
  • Hellhound On My Trail
  • Honeymoon Blues
  • I'm a Steady Rollin' Man
  • Little Queen of Spades (two versions)
  • Love in Vain (two versions)
  • Malted Milk
  • Me and the Devil Blues (two versions)
  • Milkcow's Calf Blues (two versions)
  • Stones in my Passway
  • Stop Breakin' Down Blues (two versions)
  • Traveling Riverside Blues


  • Pablo's Blues

In this issue is Robert Johnson on vocals (via samples) can be heard as if he was present at the recordings. Gare Du Nord had a world hit and plays this song in 2008 still ' live ' on the venues in Netherlands and beyond.

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