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Blind Willie Johnson

Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground (3:22)

Ry Cooder, who based his desolate soundtrack to Paris, Texas on "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground", described it as "the most soulful, transcendent piece in all American music."

Dark Was The Night, Cold Was the Ground was included on the Voyager Golden Record, sent into space with the Voyager spacecraft in 1977 - Johnson's music left the solar system on December 16, 2004.

The song is also used in Pier Paolo…

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  • i hope the aliens like this one [2]
  • I've read somewhere that "Blind Willie made Howlin' Wolf sound like a choir boy with his growling abrasive sound" I love 'em both but I thought the thought was as humorous as accurate. What a guitar player, master slidesman...
  • Absolute perfection. Gets my vote as the best recorded performance of the 20h Century.
  • Yes
  • This song just crashed winamp twice in a row. That's how good it is.
  • Fucking brilliant.
  • this song sends shivers down my spine
  • i hope the aliens like this one
  • magnifique
  • The weight and depth of so many souls on his shoulders. Chilling. ♫ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♫

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