Mournful Facts About Robert Johnson, The Man Who Sold His Soul To The Devil


Of all the guitarists to travel Depression-era Mississippi Delta, Robert Johnson was the most talented. He was also the most mysterious. A thrilling entertainer onstage, offstage, Johnson was somber, quiet; he seemed to be tending some private grief. Folks said Johnson owed his otherworldly talent to a deal with a Devil himself—but how could anyone without a soul play like that? Dive into the history of Robert Johnson and decide for yourself.




1. He Never Knew His Father


Robert Johnson was born Robert Dodds sometime around May 8, 1911. The eleventh child born to Julia Dodds, Robert’s brothers and sisters had all been born of a marriage between Julia and Charles Dodds. However, Charles was not his father. A lynch mob forced Charles to flee Mississippi for Memphis, and Robert was born of an affair not long after. For years, his real father was a complete mystery to him.


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