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8th May 1911

Robert Johnson

American blues singer and musician

Robert Leroy Johnson was an American blues singer-songwriter and musician. His landmark recordings in 1936 and 1937 display a combination of singing, guitar skills, and songwriting talent that has influenced later generations of musicians. Johnson's shadowy and poorly documented life and death at age 27 have given rise to much legend. One Faustian myth says that he sold his soul to the devil at a local crossroads of Mississippi highways to achieve success. As an itinerant performer who played mostly on street corners, in juke joints, and at Saturday night dances, Johnson had little commercial success or public recognition in his lifetime.

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  • Lived from
    1911 - 1938 (Died age 27)
  • Birthday:
    8th May 1911
  • Gender:
    Male
  • Star Sign:
    Taurus
  • Place of Birth:
    Hazlehurst, Mississippi
  • Country:
    United States of America

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