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When Keith Richards first heard this music, he assumed there were two guitarists. But it was just one man, a Delta bluesman whose fluid fingerpicking was augmented by ghostly, wailing vocals about love, lust, loss and the devil. Here’s everything recorded in Johnson’s 27 short years. It’s little wonder the driving rhythm of “Sweet Home Chicago”, the stinging bottleneck slide on “Love in Vain” and the haunted vocal on “Hellhound on My Trail” rocked the worlds of everyone from the Stones to Led Zeppelin.


Born: 08 May 1911 in Hazlehurst, MS

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '20s, '30s

If the blues has a truly mythic figure, one whose story hangs over the music the way a Charlie Parker does over jazz or a Hank Williams does over country, it's Robert Johnson, certainly the most celebrated figure in the history of the blues. Of course, his legend is immensely fortified by the fact that Johnson also left behind a small legacy of recordings that are considered the emotional apex of the music itself. These recordings have not only entered the realm of blues standards ("Love in Vain,"...
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