He was a major influence on guitarists like Eric Clapton. Jeff Beck. Jimmy Page,…
Posted from the web by megarock on August 13, 2018
He was a major influence on guitarists like Eric Clapton. Jeff Beck. Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix and many others.
On Aug. 13, 1938, Blues legend Robert Johnson, who was reported to have “made a deal with the Devil” in order to execute his amazing guitar technique, played his last gig at a dance approximately 15 miles from Greenwood, MS. He was supposedly poisoned by either the club’s owner or a jealous girlfriend, who placed strychnine in an open bottle of whiskey. When offered the bottle, fellow bluesman Sonny Boy Williamson knocked it out of his hand, telling him to never drinking from an open container at a public event.
Johnson drank from the next open bottle he was offered. He died three days later.
The supposed ‘deal with the Devil’ was made at a place called the crossroads.
There are many who feel that Mr. Johnson kinda started the movement that would become what we call Rock and Roll.