It all had to start somewhere…. Today is Thanksgiving in the US. For this, we a…

Written by on November 23, 2017



It all had to start somewhere…. Today is Thanksgiving in the US. For this, we are thankful.

The ‘Blues’ and ‘Rock and Roll’ are as about as interwound as is possible. One of the first Blues recordings ever made was by the legendary Robert Johnson. He made the first of those recording on Nov. 23, 1936, in San Antonio, TX at the Gunter Hotel where sixteen songs were recorded.

Johnson only spent a total of five days in the recording studio, recording only 41 total takes of 29 different songs. Thirteen of those takes and eight of those songs—including “Sweet Home Chicago” and “Terraplane Blues”—were captured during his first-ever session on the Nov. 23rd in a makeshift studio set up in adjoining rooms of the hotel.

Johnson returned to the Gunter Hotel twice more later in that same week, and then recorded once more over the course of two days in 1937 in Dallas. The results of those sessions were 12 78-rpm records issued on the Vocalion label in 1937 and 1938, the last of them after Johnson’s death by poisoning at the hands of a jealous husband on August 16, 1938.

It could be said the Robert’s recording, the first made 80 years ago today, are one of the biggest influences in Rock and Roll.

Just ask Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, well you get the idea.

Here’s Robert from that first session.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8hqGu-leFc

Sweet Home Chicago


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