Skip to comments.Remembering Robert Johnson On The 75th Anniversary Of His Passing
Posted on 08/16/2013 12:59:30 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg
Today marks the 75th anniversary of the passing of Robert Johnson. In honor of the world's most influential blues artist, here is one of only three identified photographs of him. This image was later used to create an official Robert Johnson postage stamp, issued by the U.S. Postal Service in 1994.
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When Keith Richards (of The Rolling Stones) first heard a Robert Johnson record he said: "Wow, that guy is really good, but who is playing the other guitar part?"
He was really impressed when he heard the answer:
Look at those fingers! Loooooooong. I recall one one guitar site, we all tried to figure out what chord he was playing.
The post office airbrushed out the cigarette on the stamp.
Thanks for the link! An American legend!!
I saw an interview with Clapton where he told how he tried to work out one of the more complicated songs and finally gave up realizing his fingers weren't long enough to reach all the notes Johnson was playing in the same chord position.
Thanks for the reminder - his work is on the top shelf of my collection.
On of the all time greats.
I was just going to ask if they did that.
PS - Tomorrow is the anniversary of John Lee Hooker’s birth.
He would have been 96 (I think).
Not the best likeness either.
“He would have been 96 (I think).”
No one really knows. Birth year varies by quite a bit.
Plus, Clapton sucks.
Yes, they do.
The most oft-repeated birth year I’ve seen for John Lee is 1917, though, so that’s the one I’ve ‘adopted’.
Well, now, he may not be as good a player as Robert Johnson, but I certainly wouldn't go that far.
BTW, I spent some time with Robert Jr in an area music store.
It was amusing to learn that his family members knew the name of his guitar teacher, from that formerly mysterious period when he went away and came back able to actually play like a pro. No one who had supposedly known him personally had ever heard the name before.
But RJ’s main claim to fame wasn’t his competent but otherwise unremarkable playing — it was the fact that he died young.
You’re right, it’s not.
Imagine what he would have sounded like playing a Stratocaster or a Les Paul.
God Bless Robert Johnson.
No white man did the blues as well as Stevie Ray Vaughn.
I didn’t even know he was sick!
It was the realization that, in order to play a tune like Johnson played it— it would require the rest of his life to get the intonation, timing, and tone. Ie. not possible. There are a number of tribute players who have made it their life’s work and done a remarkable job- he was one of a kind.
Two tracks, an interview with Clapton “a life’s work” to try and copy Johnson, and highly complimentary (and NOT taking anything away from Clapton who is a devotee, like Billy Gibbons, of Johnson) and Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett (with Duane Allman) live from a while ago- great version of “Come on In my Kitchen”
Delaney and Bonnie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uzEH_Cy0ew
Judged on what baseline?
Thanks Mad Dawgg! I love blues, and I’m kind of partial to Lightnin’ and the Wolf...but nobody can deny what Robert Johnson was to the music.
No, he’s white! As white as you folks. And he’s got a mean ol’ hound.
Do you know the Robert Johnson music Keith Richards was hearing when he made that comment?
No, but someone posted a link on here that is Clapton saying the same thing (and acknowledging that Keith said it too.)in an extended interview. There might be reference made to the particular piece if you could find that whole interview.
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