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Remembering Robert Johnson On The 75th Anniversary Of His Passing
Robert Johnson Blues Foundation ^ | AUGUST 16, 2013, 1:20 pm | Robert Johnson Blues Foundation

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.


(Excerpt) Read more at robertjohnsonbluesfoundation.org ...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; History; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: bluesguitargod; robertjohnson
One of my all time favorite guitar players.

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:

"Nobody..."

1 posted on 08/16/2013 12:59:31 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg
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To: Mad Dawgg

Look at those fingers! Loooooooong. I recall one one guitar site, we all tried to figure out what chord he was playing.


2 posted on 08/16/2013 1:02:11 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Mad Dawgg

The post office airbrushed out the cigarette on the stamp.


3 posted on 08/16/2013 1:03:18 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Mad Dawgg

Thanks for the link! An American legend!!


4 posted on 08/16/2013 1:06:03 PM PDT by prisoner6 ( FREEDOM!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
"Look at those fingers! Loooooooong."

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.

5 posted on 08/16/2013 1:10:35 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Mad Dawgg
Robert Johnson: "Crossroad Blues"
6 posted on 08/16/2013 1:13:25 PM PDT by Publius (And so, night falls on civilization.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

7 posted on 08/16/2013 1:13:45 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Mad Dawgg
I can honestly say, I visited 2 of Robert Jouhnson’s grave sites on a Sunday day ride.
8 posted on 08/16/2013 1:18:55 PM PDT by Tupelo (There are no Republicans or Democrats in Washington. Just Millionaires)
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To: Mad Dawgg

Thanks for the reminder - his work is on the top shelf of my collection.


9 posted on 08/16/2013 1:21:08 PM PDT by dainbramaged (Joe McCarthy was right.)
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To: Mad Dawgg

On of the all time greats.

RIP, sir.


10 posted on 08/16/2013 1:26:13 PM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos...)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
The post office airbrushed out the cigarette on the stamp.

I was just going to ask if they did that.

11 posted on 08/16/2013 1:26:26 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: Mad Dawgg

PS - Tomorrow is the anniversary of John Lee Hooker’s birth.

He would have been 96 (I think).


12 posted on 08/16/2013 1:27:41 PM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos...)
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To: KosmicKitty

Not the best likeness either.

13 posted on 08/16/2013 1:28:49 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: WayneS

“He would have been 96 (I think).”

No one really knows. Birth year varies by quite a bit.


14 posted on 08/16/2013 1:35:35 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Mad Dawgg

Plus, Clapton sucks.


15 posted on 08/16/2013 2:00:09 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

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’.


16 posted on 08/16/2013 2:00:42 PM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos...)
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To: kabumpo
Plus, Clapton sucks.

Well, now, he may not be as good a player as Robert Johnson, but I certainly wouldn't go that far.

17 posted on 08/16/2013 2:03:17 PM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos...)
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To: WayneS

BTW, I spent some time with Robert Jr in an area music store.


18 posted on 08/16/2013 2:15:30 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

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.


19 posted on 08/16/2013 2:17:39 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

You’re right, it’s not.


20 posted on 08/16/2013 2:20:55 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: Mad Dawgg

Imagine what he would have sounded like playing a Stratocaster or a Les Paul.


21 posted on 08/16/2013 2:26:25 PM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: SunkenCiv
Everybody knows the name of his guitar teacher, a chimera of which is partly visible to Johnson's left in this famous picture.


22 posted on 08/16/2013 2:42:46 PM PDT by FredZarguna (They Old School. We New School. We don't read cursive in New School. My Generation. We retahded, sir)
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To: Mad Dawgg

God Bless Robert Johnson.


23 posted on 08/16/2013 4:06:28 PM PDT by pallmallman (Q)
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To: kabumpo

No white man did the blues as well as Stevie Ray Vaughn.


24 posted on 08/16/2013 4:08:07 PM PDT by pallmallman (Q)
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To: Mad Dawgg

I didn’t even know he was sick!


25 posted on 08/16/2013 4:10:01 PM PDT by GnL
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To: Mad Dawgg

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”

Clapton: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETELORdwmJA

Delaney and Bonnie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uzEH_Cy0ew


26 posted on 08/16/2013 4:10:35 PM PDT by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: kabumpo

Judged on what baseline?


27 posted on 08/16/2013 4:51:04 PM PDT by esoxmagnum (The rats have been trained to pull the D voting lever to get their little food pellet)
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To: Mad Dawgg

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.


28 posted on 08/16/2013 6:42:24 PM PDT by VR-21 (Next Stop, Willoughby.)
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To: FredZarguna

No, he’s white! As white as you folks. And he’s got a mean ol’ hound.


29 posted on 08/17/2013 4:04:10 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: kabumpo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sOslC_EZuc


30 posted on 08/17/2013 4:05:46 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: Mad Dawgg
He was really impressed when he heard the answer:

"Nobody..."

Do you know the Robert Johnson music Keith Richards was hearing when he made that comment?

31 posted on 08/17/2013 7:46:11 AM PDT by MosesKnows (Love many, trust few, and always paddle your own canoe.)
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To: MosesKnows
"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.

32 posted on 08/17/2013 8:24:13 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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