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EvilKimEvil
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30 May 2008, 7:19 pm

MissConstrue wrote:
Muddy Waters is good. Anyone know of Robert Johnson?

Robert Johnson, Crossroads. He's got some good stuff if you like blues in its old and original!! !

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yd60nI4sa9A[/youtube]

Me and the Devil, Robert Johnson.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MCHI23FTP8[/youtube]

There's an old myth that Robert Johnson couldn't play the guitar until he sold his soul to the devil!!


Yes, I have read several books on Robert Johnson and the history of blues. He was extremely influential in the history of American music, especially rock and roll - he was far more popular when he was rediscovered posthumously in the 1960's than he was during his own short lifetime.

I really like Robert Johnson's, mentor, Son House. Skip James, another of Johnson's influences, wrote a lot of great songs, but I don't care for the sound of his voice. Other noteworthy contemporaries included Bessie Smith, Mississippi John Hurt, Charlie Patton, Blind Willie McTell, Blind Lemon Jefferson (there were a lot of blind musicians back then, sort of a continuation of the ancient blind bard tradition), and many, many more.

The story goes that Ma Rainey ("Mother of the Blues") coined the term "the blues" in 1902 to describe the kind of music she was performing at tent shows. W.C. Handy ("Father of the Blues") was also instrumental in popularizing it around this time.

Robert Johnson was most active in the early 1930's. The devil myth is entertaining, but the truth is that he got involved in music at a young age and hung out at juke joints as much as possible during his early teen years. But he wasn't very good at playing anything and a lot of the older blues musicians would laugh at him. Then he left town for a while and when he came back, he could play guitar really well. No one was sure where he went. The myth about the devil arose later to explain this sudden increase in ability coupled with his mysterious disappearance, and to entertain people.

I recommend that anyone who is interested in the history of blues (or American music in general) should read a good book or two on the subject. PM me for recommendations. :)



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31 May 2008, 6:43 pm

^I luv his stuff, I just might!! :)

Jimi Hendrix, Purple Haze!! :afro:

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31 May 2008, 7:27 pm

I see Herb Alpert got a mention earlier, I'm playing Casino Royale on repeat all the time lately. Love that tune.

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01 Jun 2008, 8:57 am

I guess this would classify as old wouldn't it?
Someone reminded me of this in another thread 8)
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That song always makes me laugh :lol:


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01 Jun 2008, 9:05 am

^Hahaha... :D


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01 Jun 2008, 9:17 am

I love Alice 8) :wink:


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01 Jun 2008, 2:43 pm

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02 Jun 2008, 7:07 am

^Wow long time no see!! ! Good song.

Billie Holiday, I'll be Seeing You One of my favorite jazz legends and I don't even like jazz that much!! 8O

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