ROBERT JOHNSON Biography - Musicians


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Name: Robert Johnson                                                           
Born: 8 May 1911 Hazlehurst, Mississippi, U.S.                                 
Died: 16 August 1938 Greenwood, Mississippi, U.S.                               
Robert Johnson, born Robert Leroy Johnson (May 8, 1911 - August 16, 1938) is   
among the most famous of Delta blues musicians. His landmark recordings from   
1936-1937 display a remarkable combination of singing, guitar skills, and       
songwriting talent that have influenced generations of musicians. Johnson's     
shadowy, poorly documented life and death at age 27 have given rise to much     
legend. Considered by some to be the "Grandfather of Rock-and-Roll", his vocal 
phrasing, original songs, and guitar style have influenced a broad range of     
musicians, including John Fogerty, Bob Dylan, Johnny Winter, Jimi Hendrix, The 
Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, The Allman Brothers Band, The Rolling Stones, Paul     
Butterfield, The White Stripes, The Black Keys, The Band, Neil Young, Warren   
Zevon, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, and Eric Clapton, who called Johnson "the most   
important blues musician who ever lived". He was also ranked fifth in Rolling   
Stone's list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. He is an inductee of the   
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.