Imagine, just for one moment, that arguably the most influential blues guitarist of all time didn’t die at the infamous age of 27 but rather is alive and well today celebrating his 100th birthday with us right now – Now that would be cool!
Johnson left us with a measly portion of musical recordings to enjoy (a mere 29 recordings in all) and it wasn’t until long after his death in 1938 that his music reached a greater audience in the early 1960s. Perhaps Johnson’s greatest influence was on Eric Clapton and his 60s output with Cream.
Have a listen to Cream’s 1968 rendition of Johnson’s most famous tune, ‘Crossroads’.
For a great insight into all things Robert Johnson, GuitarSquid have unearthed a real gem of a documentary on YouTube, which is undoubtable the best resource for information on Johnson’s life, music, death and legacy; The Search For Robert Johnson.
The Search For Robert Johnson – Part 1