Friday, November 23, 2012

Blues Musician Robert Johnson... and the Devil

 

From "Catfish & Cotton", Driving Down the Blue(s) Highway with 2 Blues Brothers from Belgium (Luc & Marc Borms)


Born on May 8, 1911 in Hazelhurst, MS, his name is Robert Spencer, after his stepfather. As a teenager, he took the name of his natural father. In 1930 he met blues musican Son House and was deeply affected by his style. After his colleagues Son House and Willie Brown were astounded by his development, rumors began about Johnson trading his soul to the devil in exchange for the guitar expertise. He recorded his famous songs in 1936 and 1937, in San Antonio and Dallas. In 1938 he played his last gig in a juke joint named Three Forks, and died August 16. Many rumors occured about Johnson's death: stabbing, poison... or the devil catching up with him.

Read here more about Catfish and Cotton - see some great blues video's... and above all: listen to them!

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