16 August 2004

August 16, 1938

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Blues musician Robert Johnson dies from being poisoned by a jealous husband in Greenwood, Mississippi.

[ Famously, Johnson sold his soul to the devil in order to play guitar like a demon. You want prima facie evidence? How about 'Me and the Devil Blues', and the fact that young Robert was a poor guitarist whose improvement was remarkable. Actually, he used that little known voodoo technique called 'practice', and was tutored by a bluesman called Ike Zimmerman. Not Satan. ]
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