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Robert Johnson died 74 years ago today

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Racer5, Aug 16, 2012.

  1. Racer5

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    Here's a tune.



    I am lucky enough to have parents that have great taste in music. I remember my dad getting the Robert Johnson box set almost immediately after getting our first CD player(that was as big as a damn VCR) in about 1990. If you have to ask what a VCR is, then get off my lawn!
     
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    I never realized he died the same day Elvis did
     
  3. Racer5

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    Funny how that works eh?
     
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    Did he die or did the devil claim his soul???

    P.S. Johnson is awesome, Elvis sucks! IMO of course.
     
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    P.S. Johnson is awesome, Elvis sucks! IMO of course.

    When this quote hits the ARRP (just emailed it to them) eighty eighty million gray haired old ladies are going to be after your scalp!;)
     
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    My Robt Johnson Box set is on cassettes... guess I am from some kinda' time warp huh?
    My Leadbelly Last Sessions is 1962 on Vinyl.

    Who's this Elvis guy everyone mentions?
     
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    Some new performer the kids are going crazy for. I don't think his fame will last.
     
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    Elvis Costello, played a Jazzmaster, didn't know he died. My friend named his daughter Allison.
    I was just reading about Robert Johnsons mysterious and untimely death. He died at 27, like Jimi, Winehouse. Only the good...
     
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    :lol:
    You a funny guy.
     
  11. Toto'sDad

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    Rest in peace Mr. Johnson.
     
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    Thank God for the Devil!
     
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    They're both awesome. IMO.

    And the devil claimed his soul when he died. Easy.;)
     
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    Thank ya, thank ya very much.
     
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    Elvis was born in 1935 in Mississippi.

    Robert Johnson died in 1938 in Mississippi.

    I'm sure these two people had to have met at the Crossroads sometime back in the day. Baby Elvis with his ma and pa, passing thru Clarksdale.. Robert sitting on the porch playing the slide. Something happened between these two, and baby Elvis would grow up to sing the blues as only a white man could.

    Both amazing legends who died way too young.
     
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    RJ put it all together and packaged his trick bag better than anyone.

    There were better slide players (BWJ) and rawer artists (SH) and more intricate guitarists (BBF, BC, WB, BB) but Robert had it all.

    3 things :

    1.) That style (country blues) was headed on the way out of fashion by the time he recorded.

    2.) I love the rumors that he was playing electric around the time he died.

    3.) I wish they'd figure out which speed to master those damn records so we could hear them the right way.

    4.) When I went to Joe Bussard's I had him play Terraplane and Kitchen (mint original 78's played a couple times - he has multiple copies of each) at deafening volume and it was like RJ was in the room...you could hear his feet moving on the floor and string scrapes I never heard.
     
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    If he had been critiqued by this crowd, no one would have heard of him. Couldn't spell, couldn't sight read, grammar was horrible, mumbled his lyrics and that's just Elvis.
     
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    The Devil didn't get him.

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    Still had active congregation in 07

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    Where his Moma laid him down.

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    RIP Little Robert.
     

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    I'm just trying to imagine the Elvis/Johnson jam session....

    Of course Elvis Johnson would be a great band name.
     
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    I wish I'd realized that today was the anniversary of his death. I did a gig early tonight and was asked to play Robert Johnson songs. I do a lot of his songs anyway, but I also could have talked about it being the anniversary had I known.

    Although there are other blues players from back in those days that I like at least as much as Robert Johnson he was probably the most well rounded player of those who were recorded.

    Someone else mentioned that he might not have been as good a bottleneck player as Blind Willie Johnson. That may be true but I'm not sure that anyone has ever recorded a better bottleneck song than Preachin Blues.

    One thing I really like about Robert Johnson's recordings is that he was all about the performance of the song and not necessarily the guitar. If I'm not mistaken there is only one recording of his where he takes a guitar break other than the intro or exit from the song.

    That being said... If I had to choose to listen to only one blues player from that era for the rest of my life I'd probably choose Son House over Robert Johnson. Fortunately I don't have to make that choice.

    -Mike
     
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