Julia was married to Charles Dodds born Februarya relatively prosperous landowner and furniture maker, with whom she had ten children. Charles Dodds had been forced by a lynch mob to leave Hazlehurst following a dispute with white landowners. Julia left Hazlehurst with baby Robert, but after two years sent the boy to Memphis to live with her husband, who had changed his name to Charles Spencer.
Early life[ edit ] Johnson was born near Terry, Mississippiand in about moved to Crystal Springswhere he lived for most of his life. There he met other musicians, including Charlie Patton and Willie Brown.
In he made his first recordings, with McCoy, for Victor Records including "Canned Heat Blues", in which he sang of drinking methanol from the cooking fuel Sterno. Johnson recorded two further sessions, for Victor in August and for Paramount Records in December He did not record again, mistakenly believing that he had signed away his right to record.
Some suggest he had been intentionally given this misimpression by people at Paramount Records. This resulted in a legal settlement with the Mississippi Sheikswho had used the melody of Johnson's "Big Road Blues" in their successful "Stop and Listen".
Johnson was party to the copyright settlement but was too drunk at the time to understand what he had signed.
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He was an accomplished guitarist. He also performed tricks with his guitar, playing it between his legs and behind his head and throwing it in the air while playing.
According to his brother LeDell, he claimed to have sold his soul to the devil at a crossroads in exchange for his mastery of the guitar. Johnson remained a popular performer in the Jackson area through the s and s, sometimes performing with Ishman Bracey.
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The large granite memorial, engraved with Johnson's portrait, was not placed on his grave for several years afterward, however, because of a dispute between Johnson's family led by his niece, Vera Johnson Collinsthe owners of farm property encircling the cemetery, and the Copiah County Board of Supervisors over a deteriorated road to the burial site.
The dispute was resolved in Octoberwhen it was announced that the headstone would be erected on October On the night of Saturday, February 2,the headstone fell and was damaged.
It is a matter of dispute whether it fell because it was inadequately secured or because it was pushed over or deliberately smashed. The inaugural festival was held in Jackson and Crystal Springs in The Tommy Johnson character in the film plays a number of songs originally recorded by the blues musician Skip James and accompanies the Soggy Bottom Boysa band consisting of the film's three main protagonists plus Johnson, on " Man of Constant Sorrow ".
The story of Johnson's selling his soul to the devil was first told by his brother, LaDell Johnson, and reported by David Evans in his biography of Johnson.Robert Johnson () The famed Mississippi Delta bluesman from Hazelhurst who supposedly sold his soul to the devil in exchange for talent to sing the blues.
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