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Delta bluesman Robert Johnson died in 1938 at age 27 after drinking a poisoned bottle of whiskey, allegedly given in retaliation for his dalliances with another man’s wife. However, like some other notable musicians who have died at the tender age of 27 — including Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Brian Jones, Janis Joplin and Kurt Cobain — Johnson left a mark on music that continues to reverberate to this day.

Not that Johnson was particularly well known while alive, or even… read more

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