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22nd January 1897

Blind Willie Johnson

American blues and gospel singer and guitarist

Blind Willie Johnson was an American gospel blues singer and guitarist and evangelist. His landmark recordings completed between 1927 and 1930—thirty songs in total—display a combination of powerful "chest voice" singing, slide guitar skills, and originality that has influenced later generations of musicians. Even though Johnson's records sold well, as a street performer and preacher he had little wealth in his lifetime. His life was poorly documented, but over time music historians such as Samuel Charters have uncovered more about Johnson and his five recording sessions.

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  • Lived from
    1897 - 1945 (Died age 48)
  • Birthday:
    22nd January 1897
  • Gender:
    Male
  • Star Sign:
    Aquarius
  • Place of Birth:
    Brenham, Texas
  • Country:
    United States of America

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