Searching for Robert Johnson: Searching for Robert Johnson is, at 83 pages, the shortest piece of literature in the Blues Hall of Fame, but the intense public interest in Robert Johnson and the insightful work of Guralnick, who has been called the dean of American roots music writers, qualify it as a worthy inductee.
Johnson, a lonely musician who defined the '30s blues era, died in at the young age of Despite the fact that he died penniless, his estate subsequently made thousands in royalties, prompting an estate dispute and lengthy probate that would not be settled until 62 years after his death.
An Estate in Turmoil Like many of his time, Johnson died precariously, with no children and without a will. Carrie Thompson, Robert Johnson's half sister, filed as next of kin on Johnson's small estate in Carrie's petition of the court allowed her to share in all royalties of Johnson's works, photos, and miscellaneous items concerning Johnson.
InCarrie died leaving her stepsister Annye of no relation to Robert to manage her affairs. Inthe courts officially appointed Annye the administrator of both Carrie's and R.
At the time, the court noted that Johnson's estate consisted of "miscellaneous and unknown" items.
However, everything changed the very next year when Columbia Records released " Robert L. Johnson - The Complete Recordings. After the estate had mushroomed in size from royalties, an individual named Claude L.
Johnson came before the court claiming that he was the illegitimate son of Robert L. At first, the courts threw his case out on the basis that Johnson did not file his petition within the allotted amount of time.
|Leave Feedback||Early life[ edit ] Johnson was born near Terry, Mississippiand in about moved to Crystal Springswhere he lived for most of his life. There he met other musicians, including Charlie Patton and Willie Brown.|
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|New Year, New You||Julia was married to Charles Dodds born Februarya relatively prosperous landowner and furniture maker, with whom she had ten children. Charles Dodds had been forced by a lynch mob to leave Hazlehurst following a dispute with white landowners.|
|Zac Efron’s Fitness Store||What I mean by this though, is that even though the author clearly idolized this legendary blues musician—and perhaps, rightly so—as far as my personal tastes go, I prefer something a bit more evenhanded in what I read. Something also worth noting:|
|Of course, his legend is immensely fortified by the fact that Johnson also left behind a small legacy of recordings that are considered the emotional apex of the music itself. While there are historical naysayers who would be more comfortable downplaying his skills and achievements most of whom have never made a convincing case as where the source of his apocalyptic visions emanates fromRobert Johnson remains a potent force to be reckoned with.|
The case was then appealed, and subsequently overturned by the Mississippi Supreme Court. The Court ruled that not hearing Claude's case would only benefit Annye who, as executor of the Johnson estate, maintained a fiduciary duty to locate any rightful heirs.
Through the following years of legal wrangling, the saga of Robert L. Background of a Bluesman Robert L. Johnson was born in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, on May 11, He was the son of Julia Major Dodds and Noah Johnson, a lover she had taken in her husband's absence.
Johnson was described as a wandering man, in both his music and his life. After leaving his home in Memphis to go back to Mississippi, he took many girlfriends, but finally settled down and married a teenager named Virginia.
In April ofVirginia died at the youthful age of 16 while in childbirth with their son, who also perished during the delivery. After their deaths, Johnson focused his energy on perfecting his music. Johnson later returned to his birthplace of Hazlehurst, Mississippi in search of a steady life.
They met in March ofand after their brief encounter, never spoke again. Smith identified Robert Johnson in a deposition as the father of her son Claude, which would later be corroborated by one of her childhood friends.
After Virginia's fling with the bluesman, Claude Johnson was born nine months later. Immediately after his encounter with Smith, R. Johnson courted a woman named Callie Craft, and two months later they were wed. Within weeks, Johnson packed up his new wife and her kids and moved to the Delta of Southern Mississippi.
Their move was a secret to everyone, including Callie's family. While residing in Clarksdale, Mississippi, Johnson's career was in full stride. The musician was more popular than ever, and was constantly away from home. The demands of their marriage became too much, and Callie fell ill. Many blues historians believe the strain of keeping up with her untamed husband got the best of her.
Johnson left her to be on the road again, and Callie died a few years later. His most famous song, "Terraplane Blues," was recorded during his San Antonio studio sessions.
To promote his new record, Johnson hit the road with two men named Johnny Shine and Sonny Boy to play gigs at juke joints around St.
Louis, Detroit, and New York. Their dizzying tour around the country eventually led them right back to the Delta.Searching for Robert Johnson is, at 83 pages, the shortest piece of literature in the Blues Hall of Fame, but the intense public interest in Robert Johnson and the insightful work of Guralnick, who has been called the dean of American roots .
Robert Johnson () The famed Mississippi Delta bluesman from Hazelhurst who supposedly sold his soul to the devil in exchange for talent to sing the blues.
Tommy Johnson (January – November 1, ) was an American Delta blues musician who recorded in the late s and was known for his eerie falsetto voice and intricate guitar playing. He was unrelated to the blues musician Robert Johnson.
In the seven decades since his mysterious death, bluesman Robert Johnson’s legend has grown—the tragically short life, the “crossroads” tale of supernatural talent, the genuine gift that.
Searching for Robert Johnson: The Life and Legend of the "King of the Delta Blues Singers" Aug 1, by Peter Guralnick. Paperback. Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues by Wald, Elijah () Paperback.
$ $ 16 More Buying Choices. $ (61 used & new offers) Paperback. $ $ 16 I first heard the name Robert Johnson in the film Crossroads, a masterpiece starring Ralph Macchio, which culminates in a guitar duel between teenage blues virtuoso Macchio and the devil in the form of a shredding Steve Vai.