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King of the Delta Blues Singers Robert Johnson The life of Robert Johnson one of the most influential early blues artists in shrouded by vague details and encompassed in mystery His emotion filled playing and singing blends to form some of the most moving original blues music ever produced Ironically despite being one of the top influences to blues music little is known about the shy mild mannered bluesman Almost nothing is known about his life he is only a name on a few recordings Where did he come from Who was Johnsons family Who inspired Robert to play the blues and who influenced his music Who exactly was Robert Johnson Only the vague recollections of his friends and family link us to the mysterious life of Robert Johnson From these accounts the story of Robert Johnson is brought to life and the events which fueled his powerful music are pieced together Robert Johnson was born on May eighth 1911 in the heart of the Mississippi Delta Robert was the eleventh child born to Mrs Julia Dodds Roberts mother described little Robert as a playful little boy who Always used to be listenin listenin to the wind or the chickens cluckin in the backyard or me when Id be singin round the house And he just love church Little Robert set on my lap and try to keep time look like or hold on to my skirt and sort of jig up and down and laugh and laugh Lomax 14 Thus Robert was first introduced by his church into the world of music and was forever captured by its beauty Mrs Johnson didnt have much trouble with Robert as a child but as he grew older he became more and more intrigued about the extravagant life of the bluesmen and taken by the spiritual music He started following the musicians around staying out all night intrigued by the bluesmans free
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