Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson

The King of the Delta Blues.

Founded

May 8, 1911 in Hazlehurst, Mississippi

Full Name

Date of Birth

May 8, 1911 in Hazlehurst, Mississippi

Still Alive

Date of Death

August 16, 1938 in Greenwood, Mississippi

Influenced By

Son House, Isaiah "Ike" Zimmerman

Robert Johnson
Robert Johnson

About The artist

"As a singer, composer, and guitarist of considerable skills, Johnson produced some of the genre's best music and the ultimate blues legend. Doomed, haunted, driven by demons, a tormented genius dead at an early age, all of these add up to making him a character of mythology who, if he hadn't actually existed, would have to be created by some biographer's overactive romantic imagination."
Cub Koda, Allmusic.com

Did you know...

Robert Johnson participated in only two recording sessions, one in San Antonio in 1936 and one in Dallas in 1937.

Other Artists from this genre

Bessie Smith

Bessie Smith

The Empress of the Blues.

Blind Lemon Jefferson

Blind Lemon Jefferson

Wrote and recorded "Black Snake Moan."

Ma Rainey

Ma Rainey

Mother of the Blues.

Genres from this era

Blues

Blues

Born in the Mississippi Delta.

Jazz

Jazz

Born in New Orleans with roots in ragtime and the blues.

Swing

Swing

The dominant form of American dance music for over a decade.

Country & Folk

Country & Folk

Black musical tradition is a part of its core.

Gospel

Gospel

The progeny of spirituals and cousin to the blues.