Monday, January 26, 2009

"Underground Legends"

Blind Willie Johnson (January 22, 1897 – September 18, 1945) was a preacher and musician whose songs straddled between spirituals and blues. Although all of his songs were religious, Johnson was revered in mainstream blues as one of the greatest slide or bottleneck guitarists. He is most remembered for his bass-thumb guitar picking and his gravel-sounding false-bass voice influenced other blues singers. Johnson made 30 commercial records for Columbia Records from 10927-1930. Unfortunately he never had commercial success; he only sang on the streets and later died from pneumonia from sleeping on a wet bed after his home burnt down. However, his songs still live on; for example, his song "John the Revelator" was used in the movie Blues Brothers 2000 (sung in the movie by Sam Moore) and many others have covered his song, such as Led Zeppelin.

John the Revelator

Nobody's Fault But Mine

Dark was the Night (accidental picture of another blues legend Blind Willie Mctell in the video at 1:20-1:43)

Trouble Soon Be Over

Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning

If I Had My Way

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