Robert Johnson – The King of the Delta Blues Singers

Another outing in commemoration of Robert Johnson!

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Robert Johnson – The King of the Delta Blues Singers

Robert Johnson was the King of the Mississippi Delta Blues singers. At least that was the title conferred upon him by white advocates of the Blues in the 1960s. It was also the title of that extraordinary album of his music put out in the 1961.

Back in the sixties Blues albums were hard to come by. There were a little group of us who used to scour the music shops, going through the bins in search of the old cardboard covered Folkways albums featuring the authentic Country Blues. We would head off up to London to check out Dobells in Charring Cross Road which stocked Blues albums. Blues was, perhaps rather naively, considered to be an authentic music – not sullied by commercialism. It was not so tainted by pop production as the stuff in the charts.
That first…

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