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The Tunica Times • P.O. Box 308/986 Magnolia Street, Tunica, MS 38676

State honors legendary bluesman

On Tuesday March 8, 2011. the Mississippi Legislature officially presented a resolution highlighting the centennial birthday of Robert Johnson.
Born in Hazlehurst, Mississippi in 1911, Robert Johnson recorded 29 songs in two recording sessions in 1936 and 1937. Those prolific and sometimes haunting poems became landmarks in the expansion of American popular music and cemented his place as the undisputed King of Delta Blues.
His undeniable musical legacy has influenced legendary artists such as Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt and Elvis Presley. Johnson was not merely a gifted singer, guitarist and songwriter he was a visionary who wrestled with many dilemmas from the social realities of Jim Crow, to living an itinerant existence for most of his life,    to experiencing the personal pain of losing a young wife and child during childbirth and being denied an opportunity to connect with a child he fathered during an affair.

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