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There are several people by the name Robert Johnson:

(1) Robert Johnson (Robert Leroy Johnson, Hazlehurst, Mississippi, May 8, 1911 - Greenwood, Mississippi, August 16, 1938) was an American blues singer, guitarist and songwriter, among the most famous of Delta blues musicians.

His landmark recordings from 1936–1937 display a remarkable combination of singing, guitar skills, and songwriting talent that have influenced generations of musicians. Johnson’s shadowy, poorly documented life and death at age 27 have given rise to much legend.

The first songs to appear were “Terraplane Blues” and “Last Fair Deal Gone Down,” “Terraplane Blues” became a moderate regional hit, selling 5,000 copies.
Other songs Johnson recorded were “Come On In My Kitchen,” “Kind Hearted Woman Blues,” “I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom,” and “Cross Road Blues.” “Come on in My Kitchen” included the lines: “The woman I love took from my best friend/Some joker got lucky, stole her back again/You better come on in my kitchen, it’s going to be rainin’ outdoors.” In “Crossroad Blues,” another of his songs, he sang: “I went to the crossroads, fell down on my knees/I went to the crossroads, fell down on my knees/I asked the Lord above, have mercy, save poor Bob if you please/Uumb, standing at the crossroads I tried to flag a ride/Standing at the crossroads I tried to flag a ride/Ain’t nobody seem to know me, everybody pass me by.”


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