Robert Johnson: The Centennial Celebration
Blues guitarist Robert Johnson died in 1938 when he was just 27 years old. He recorded only twenty-nine songs during his lifetime and achieved only modest success in record sales and fame. While he influenced other blues musicians like Muddy Waters and Elmore James, it was thirty years after his death when his music would make its most profound impact. Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Z.Z. Top, Bonnie Rait, Led Zeppelin and countless other rock and roll musicians owe a huge debt to Robert Johnson.
Robert Johnson: The Centennial Celebration explores the life of this mysterious figure through interviews with writers Peter Guaralnick and Scott Baretta, musicians Corey Harris and Warren Haynes and Johnson’s grandson, Stephen Johnson. There are also several classic Robert Johnson recordings on the program.
Tune in to WCVE Public Radio Saturday morning at 11:00 (May 7th during the Sound of Swing with Steve Clark), or listen Monday night at 7:00 (May 9th during Jazz with Peter Solomon).
Enjoy this tune: Me and the Devil Blues