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Blind Willie Johnson

American blues and gospel singer and guitarist

Blind Willie Johnson

American blues and gospel singer and guitarist
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birthday
25th
January, 1897
Death
18th
September, 1945
Birth Place
Pendleton, Texas, U.S.
Birth Sign
aquarius
Biography

Blind Willie Johnson (January 25, 1897 – September 18, 1945) was an American gospel blues singer, guitarist and evangelist. His landmark recordings completed between 1927 and 1930–thirty songs in total–display a combination of powerful “chest voice” singing, slide guitar skills, and originality that has influenced generations of musicians. Even though Johnson’s records sold well, as a street performer and preacher, he had little wealth in his lifetime. His life was poorly documented, but over time, music historians such as Samuel Charters have uncovered more about Johnson and his five recording sessions.
A revival of interest in Johnson’s music began in the 1960s, following his inclusion on Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music, and by the efforts of the blues guitarist Reverend Gary Davis. Along with Davis, he has since been considered the dominant player of “holy blues” music, which conveyed religious themes in a blues idiom and often with the genre’s style of guitar accompaniment.
Johnson’s work has become more accessible through compilation albums such as American Epic: The Best of Blind Willie Johnson and the Charters compilations. As a result, Johnson is credited as one of the most influential practitioners of the blues, and his slide guitar playing, particularly on his hymn “Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground”, is highly acclaimed. Other recordings by Johnson include “Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed”, “It’s Nobody’s Fault but Mine”, and “John the Revelator”.

instruments played
Guitar
Slide
Vocals
Also Known As

Blind Willie, Blind Texas Marlin, The Blind Pilgrim

Genres

Gospel gospel blues

Labels

Columbia

Years Active

1920s 1945

Name

Blind Willie Johnson

Nationality

United States of America

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