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Robert Johnson

1911

Robert Johnson was born.

1932

Muddy Waters begins to play the guitar. He is influenced by the music of Robert Johnson and Son House.

1936

The first of only two Robert Johnson recording sessions.

1937

Robert Johnson’s second and final recording session.

1938

Robert Johnson died three days after he was poisoned by the jealous husband of a woman he began seeing during a stint at the Three Forks juke joint in Greenwood, Mississippi.

1940

Muddy Waters meets folklorist Alan Lomax, archivist, while he is doing research on Mississippi Delta blues at the Stovall plantation. Lomax is looking for Robert Johnson, when he “discovers” Morganfield. Robert Johnson had been deceased for two years.

1952

Elmore James releases Robert Johnson’s “Dust My Broom”.

1961

Robert Johnson’s ‘King of the Delta Blues’ is released.

1986

Robert Johnson is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

1998

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honors Robert Johnson in annual American Music Masters series.