Skip to comments.Robert Johnson: rare new (third) photograph of delta blues king authenticated after eight years
Posted on 02/25/2014 11:12:53 AM PST by a fool in paradise
...Until now, there were only two verified photographs of Johnson (1911-1938), who remains the most inspirational musician produced by the Mississippi Delta and the man Eric Clapton once anointed as "the most important blues musician who ever lived". This weekend a third, newly cleaned-up and authenticated image has been released by the Johnson estate showing him standing next to musician Johnny Shines.
Forensic work on the photograph began in 2007, when Lois Gibson, who works with the Houston police department, analysed the features of the long-fingered figure holding the guitar. Gibson, who found the identity of the sailor kissing the nurse in the Life magazine photo of Times Square on VJ day the second world war ended, has ruled that "it appears the individual is Robert Johnson. All the features are consistent, if not identical." The only differences, she added, were due to the angle of the camera or the lighting.
The new photograph came to light eight years ago, when a classical guitarist called Steven "Zeke" Schein was searching eBay for an old guitar. He spotted a thumbnail picture with a caption that read "Old Snapshot Blues Guitar BB King???" and bought it. On inspection neither man in the photograph looked like BB King, but Schein noticed the length of the man's fingers on the guitar and the way his left eye was narrower than his right...
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I saw the image and also thought it looked like Jamie Foxx next to him, but my take was “Damn, Jamie Foxx is a time traveller!”
Now there is an R rated movie just waiting to be made. Comedy, Pathos, American History and American music all rolled into one. Plus being buried in three different graves in three different cemeteries, maybe a little Zombie & Voodoo for added interest.
He was known to sleep with ugly women, and did so one time too many as he was poisoned with strychnine and died a horrible death over a period of many hours.
That is SO COOL! Robert Johnson has always been one of my musical heros.
Someone needs to make a doppleganger celebrity website
“He was known to sleep with ugly women...”
Well, who hasn’t?
Posted the link on FB. Hope they like that!
Well, who hasnt?
Is there a Doctor in the house? :-)
OHH this is good I got Robert Johnson recording from cd box set came in 1990s
If the lore is correct, he’s playing in a much hotter joint.
Jamie Fox. Often near talent but never having it himself. Yep, could be him.
Two sad things that I remember about Tom Cruise, are, that in the movie "Collateral" where he and Jamie Fox are almost the only characters, Fox out acts him, the other, is that in the movie "Eyes Wide Shut", Cruise and Nicole Kidman have a long intense, bedroom scene, and SHE out acts him as well.
I have the boxed set as well. Great stuff, obviously, since so many have ripped him off musically.