History Music / RobertJohnson

15th Nov '15 3:33:04 PM LondonKdS
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* Walter Mosley's novel ''RL's Dream'' is about a fictional bluesman, Soupspoon Wise, who knew Johnson in his younger days.
16th Jul '15 9:01:38 AM Jeduthun
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* PerformanceAnxiety: During his recording sessions, he insisted on performing while facing a wall, leading to the belief that he was shy about performing in public. However, other biographers suggest that he was using the echo from the wall to improve the acoustics on the recordings-- or to prevent other guitar players from watching his fingers to see how he played his licks.
15th Jul '15 4:24:15 PM Jeduthun
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* Forms a FramingDevice in the song "How Bad Do You Want It?" by Music/TimMcGraw: --> Robert Johnson went to the crossroads, so the legend goes\\ He left with his guitar and the devil took his soul, the devil took his soul.
12th Jul '15 4:52:40 AM Jeduthun
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* Johnson appears in flashbacks in an episode of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', where he and several modern characters DealWithTheDevil and get killed by hellhounds for their troubles.
30th Jun '15 2:55:58 PM LondonKdS
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* Robert Johnson encounters the Eleventh Doctor and his companions in the ''ComicBook/DoctorWhoTitan'' comics, where he defeats an evil alien entity with [[ThePowerOfRock The Power Of Blues]].
7th May '15 10:22:43 AM Jeduthun
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* DealWithTheDevil: According to legend, anyway. Johnson never told the story directly himself, but then he didn't do much to discourage it, either. Just listen to "Crossroads" or "Me and the Devil Blues" or "Hellhound On My Trail." Whatever the truth, he was a [[{{pun}} hell]] of a good musician.

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* TheWindyCity: "Sweet Home Chicago."
4th Mar '15 1:40:57 PM bluesno1fann
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'''Robert Leroy Johnson''' (8 May 1911 - 16 August 1938) was an American guitarist and singer, who had an enormous influence on the {{Blues}} genre. Sure, there was blues music before Robert Johnson, but it sounded vastly different from the blues as we know it today; Johnson [[TropeCodifier either invented or popularised many of the genre's most important conventions]].
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'''Robert Leroy Johnson''' (8 May 1911 - 16 August 1938) was an American guitarist and singer, musician who had an enormous influence on the {{Blues}} genre. Sure, there was blues music before Robert Johnson, but it sounded vastly different from the blues as we know it today; Johnson [[TropeCodifier either invented or popularised many of the genre's most important conventions]].

Much of his life is ShroudedInMyth. When he was first rediscovered in the 1960's after the release of the compilation album ''King of the Delta Blues Singers'', many things about the man himself were completely unknown. Since then, thanks to the research of scholars like Elijah Wald, his life and career have been pieced together fairly well. He went through the usual childhood that an African-American during TheGreatDepression went through. He was married and his wife died a few months later. After that he travelled the South, performing in cafés and other venues, and got two recording sessions where he recorded 29 songs, with alternate takes bringing his total preserved output to 42 tracks. All but one of these pieces were assembled in 1990 on the Grammy-winning ''Music/RobertJohnsonTheCompleteRecordings'', with the 42nd, an alternate take of "Travelling Riverside Blues," coming out on a reissue of ''King of the Delta Blues Singers'' in 1998. (According to scholar Tom Graves, Johnson recorded 59 tracks in his known sessions, but 17 of these remain [[MissingEpisode lost]].)
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Much of his life is ShroudedInMyth. When he was first rediscovered in the 1960's after the release of the compilation album ''King of the Delta Blues Singers'', many things about the man himself were completely unknown. Since then, thanks to the research of scholars like Elijah Wald, his life and career have been pieced together fairly well. He went through the usual childhood that an African-American during TheGreatDepression went through. He was married and his wife died a few months later. After that he travelled the South, performing in cafés and other venues, and got two recording sessions where he recorded 29 songs, with alternate takes bringing his total preserved output to 42 tracks. All but one of these pieces were assembled in 1990 on the Grammy-winning ''Music/RobertJohnsonTheCompleteRecordings'', with the 42nd, an alternate take of "Travelling Riverside Blues," coming out on a reissue of ''King of the Delta Blues Singers'' in 1998. (According to scholar Tom Graves, Johnson recorded 59 tracks in his known sessions, but 17 of these remain [[MissingEpisode lost]].) lost to history]]).
4th Mar '15 1:40:04 PM bluesno1fann
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'''Robert Leroy Johnson''' (1911 - 1938) was an American guitarist and singer, who had an enormous influence on the {{Blues}} genre. Sure, there was blues music before Robert Johnson, but it sounded vastly different from the blues as we know it today; Johnson [[TropeCodifier either invented or popularised many of the genre's most important conventions]].
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'''Robert Leroy Johnson''' (1911 (8 May 1911 - 16 August 1938) was an American guitarist and singer, who had an enormous influence on the {{Blues}} genre. Sure, there was blues music before Robert Johnson, but it sounded vastly different from the blues as we know it today; Johnson [[TropeCodifier either invented or popularised many of the genre's most important conventions]].

Much of his life is ShroudedInMyth. When he was first rediscovered in the 1960s after the release of the compilation album ''King of the Delta Blues Singers'', many things about the man himself were completely unknown. Since then, thanks to the research of scholars like Elijah Wald, his life and career have been pieced together fairly well. He went through the usual childhood that an African-American during TheGreatDepression went through. He was married and his wife died a few months later. After that he traveled the South, performing in cafés and other venues, and got two recording sessions where he recorded 29 songs, with alternate takes bringing his total preserved output to 42 tracks. All but one of these pieces were assembled in 1990 on the Grammy-winning ''Music/RobertJohnsonTheCompleteRecordings'', with the 42nd, an alternate take of "Travelling Riverside Blues," coming out on a reissue of ''King of the Delta Blues Singers'' in 1998. (According to scholar Tom Graves, Johnson recorded 59 tracks in his known sessions, but 17 of these remain [[MissingEpisode lost]].)
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Much of his life is ShroudedInMyth. When he was first rediscovered in the 1960s 1960's after the release of the compilation album ''King of the Delta Blues Singers'', many things about the man himself were completely unknown. Since then, thanks to the research of scholars like Elijah Wald, his life and career have been pieced together fairly well. He went through the usual childhood that an African-American during TheGreatDepression went through. He was married and his wife died a few months later. After that he traveled travelled the South, performing in cafés and other venues, and got two recording sessions where he recorded 29 songs, with alternate takes bringing his total preserved output to 42 tracks. All but one of these pieces were assembled in 1990 on the Grammy-winning ''Music/RobertJohnsonTheCompleteRecordings'', with the 42nd, an alternate take of "Travelling Riverside Blues," coming out on a reissue of ''King of the Delta Blues Singers'' in 1998. (According to scholar Tom Graves, Johnson recorded 59 tracks in his known sessions, but 17 of these remain [[MissingEpisode lost]].)

The most commonly accepted version of his death comes from his close friend and "chitlin circuit" touring partner Sonny Boy Williamson II, who stated that Robert was flirting with the wife of the man who owned the venue where they were performing. The owner supposedly sent Robert an open bottle of whiskey that Sonny Boy prevented him from drinking, saying "Man, don't never drink from an open bottle. You don't know ''what'' could be in it." Robert is said to have retorted [[TemptingFate "Man, don't ever knock a bottle out of my hand."]] A second bottle was sent over, and Robert began drinking it. He became seriously ill soon afterwards and was bedridden for three days in severe pain before finally dying on August 16, 1938. He thereby became one of the first of many notable musicians to die at the age of 27. Some people believe this is a {{curse}}, as [[Music/TheRollingStones Brian Jones]], Music/JimiHendrix, Music/JanisJoplin, [[Music/TheDoors Jim Morrison]], Music/KurtCobain and Music/AmyWinehouse (among others) all died at that age.
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The most commonly accepted version of his death comes from his close friend and "chitlin circuit" touring partner Sonny Boy Williamson II, who stated that Robert was flirting with the wife of the man who owned the venue where they were performing. The owner supposedly sent Robert an open bottle of whiskey that Sonny Boy prevented him from drinking, saying "Man, don't never drink from an open bottle. You don't know ''what'' could be in it." Robert is said to have retorted [[TemptingFate "Man, don't ever knock a bottle out of my hand."]] A second bottle was sent over, and Robert began drinking it. He became seriously ill soon afterwards and was bedridden for three days in severe pain before finally dying on August 16, 1938. He thereby became one of the first of many notable musicians to die at the age of 27. Some people believe this is a {{curse}}, as [[Music/TheRollingStones Brian Jones]], Music/BrianJones, Music/JimiHendrix, Music/JanisJoplin, [[Music/TheDoors Jim Morrison]], Music/KurtCobain and Music/AmyWinehouse (among others) all died at that age.

Albums with their own entry on TV Tropes: * ''Music/RobertJohnsonTheCompleteRecordings'' (1990)

!!Robert Johnson provides examples of the following tropes:
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!!Robert !!Studio Discography: * 1990 - ''Music/RobertJohnsonTheCompleteRecordings'' ---- !! Robert Johnson provides examples of the following tropes:tropes:

* NoSmoking -- Some were irked when the United States Post Office's commemorative stamp of Johnson removed the cigarette from his mouth. [[http://static.rogerebert.com/redactor_assets/pictures/rogers-journal/thank-you-for-smoking/robertjohnson.jpg Here's a Side-By-Side Comparison]]
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* NoSmoking -- NoSmoking: Some were irked when the United States Post Office's commemorative stamp of Johnson removed the cigarette from his mouth. [[http://static.rogerebert.com/redactor_assets/pictures/rogers-journal/thank-you-for-smoking/robertjohnson.jpg Here's a Side-By-Side Comparison]]

* ScaryMusicianHarmlessMusic -- Many people admit to being a little creeped out by the atmosphere he gives off, but his music isn't that scary.
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* ScaryMusicianHarmlessMusic -- ScaryMusicianHarmlessMusic: Many people admit to being a little creeped out by the atmosphere he gives off, but his music isn't that scary.

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4th Mar '15 11:53:30 AM twilicorn
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Much of his life is ShroudedInMyth. When he was first rediscovered in the 1960s after the release of the compilation album ''King of the Delta Blues Singers'', many things about the man himself were completely unknown. Since then, thanks to the research of scholars like Elijah Wald, his life and career have been pieced together fairly well. He went through the usual childhood that an African-American during TheGreatDepression went through. He was married and his wife died a few months later. After that he traveled the South, performing in cafés and other venues, and got two recording sessions where he recorded 29 songs, with alternate takes bringing his total preserved output to 42 tracks. All but one of these pieces were assembled in 1990 on the Grammy-winning ''The Complete Recordings'', with the 42nd, an alternate take of "Travelling Riverside Blues," coming out on a reissue of ''King of the Delta Blues Singers'' in 1998. (According to scholar Tom Graves, Johnson recorded 59 tracks in his known sessions, but 17 of these remain [[MissingEpisode lost]].)
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Much of his life is ShroudedInMyth. When he was first rediscovered in the 1960s after the release of the compilation album ''King of the Delta Blues Singers'', many things about the man himself were completely unknown. Since then, thanks to the research of scholars like Elijah Wald, his life and career have been pieced together fairly well. He went through the usual childhood that an African-American during TheGreatDepression went through. He was married and his wife died a few months later. After that he traveled the South, performing in cafés and other venues, and got two recording sessions where he recorded 29 songs, with alternate takes bringing his total preserved output to 42 tracks. All but one of these pieces were assembled in 1990 on the Grammy-winning ''The Complete Recordings'', ''Music/RobertJohnsonTheCompleteRecordings'', with the 42nd, an alternate take of "Travelling Riverside Blues," coming out on a reissue of ''King of the Delta Blues Singers'' in 1998. (According to scholar Tom Graves, Johnson recorded 59 tracks in his known sessions, but 17 of these remain [[MissingEpisode lost]].)

* CoveredUp: Covered by countless blues singers and blues rock artists, from Music/EricClapton, Music/LedZeppelin ("The Lemon Song" from ''Music/LedZeppelinII'' has a direct quote in the line "squeeze my lemon, baby, until the juice runs down my leg"), Music/TheWhiteStripes,...

* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: For Blues/Jazz.
17th Feb '15 1:55:52 AM Patachou
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Robert Leroy Johnson (1911 - 1938) was an American guitarist and singer, who had an enormous influence on the {{Blues}} genre. Sure, there was blues music before Robert Johnson, but it sounded vastly different from the blues as we know it today; Johnson [[TropeCodifier either invented or popularised many of the genre's most important conventions]].
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Robert '''Robert Leroy Johnson Johnson''' (1911 - 1938) was an American guitarist and singer, who had an enormous influence on the {{Blues}} genre. Sure, there was blues music before Robert Johnson, but it sounded vastly different from the blues as we know it today; Johnson [[TropeCodifier either invented or popularised many of the genre's most important conventions]].

He was a damn good guitarist. [[OneManBand Let's just say you could think of him as a one man doing a 5 piece band's job. He played rhythm guitar, with a melody strummed on top, a bass line following along on bottom, while tapping his foot (that would be the drummer), and singing ALL AT THE SAME TIME!]] When KeithRichards first heard a recording of Johnson, he asked who was playing the "excellent bassline." When playing a Johnson song a guitarist will often struggle just to play his music. So, if you're up to the challenge, good luck!
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He was a damn good guitarist. [[OneManBand Let's just say you could think of him as a one man doing a 5 piece band's job. He played rhythm guitar, with a melody strummed on top, a bass line following along on bottom, while tapping his foot (that would be the drummer), and singing ALL AT THE SAME TIME!]] When KeithRichards Music/KeithRichards first heard a recording of Johnson, he asked who was playing the "excellent bassline." When playing a Johnson song a guitarist will often struggle just to play his music. So, if you're up to the challenge, good luck! luck! Albums with their own entry on TV Tropes: * ''Music/RobertJohnsonTheCompleteRecordings'' (1990)

!!RobertJohnson provides examples of the following tropes:
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!!RobertJohnson !!Robert Johnson provides examples of the following tropes: * AtTheCrossroads: "Cross Road Blues," while ostensibly about a failed attempt to hitch a ride, is often linked to the legend that Johnson made a Deal with the Devil for the ability to play music (a legend more supported by his "Me and the Devil Blues").

* CoolHat
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* CoolHatCoolHat: One of the two photos that exist of him shows him wearing a hat.

* CoolHatNonAppearingTitle: "Walking Blues". * OneManBand: He could play melody, rhythm, and bass line on his guitar, stomp his foot to give a drum part, and sing, all simultaneously, acting as a one-man five-piece band.

* ShroudedInMyth
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* ShroudedInMyth ShroudedInMyth: With only two photographs of the man in existence and large gaps in his biography the man is the stuff of legends.

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* TheUnintelligible: Johnson sometimes garbled his lyrics and the audio quality doesn't help much either in deciphering what he sings sometimes.
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