Sunday, May 15, 2011

Celebrating the 100 Year Anniversary of Robert Johnson's Birth

Sunday 15th 2011 was the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Robert Johnson. Called the most important Blues player that ever lived by Eric Clapton, and included in Rolling Stone Magazines 100 Greatest Guitar Players of All time, Johnson did not get the recognition he deserved in his own lifetime.

Not much is known about the early years of one of the most influential Blues players. Born sometime in 1911 in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, he was a wandering musician until his untimely death in 1938, said to have been poisoned by a jealous husband.

Fortunately for the world, Johnson recorded several albums in the last years before his death. It wasn’t until his records were re-released in 1961 that his work became successful, reaching a worldwide audience, and influencing new generations of musicians and music lovers alike.

To celebrate the event, Hebden Blues Festival are running a competition. The winning submission will be drawn from a hat at the private launch party on 20th May, and the lucky winner will receive two tickets to see our headline act, Lance Lopez, performing at the Picture House on 28th May.

Competition Question:

According to his death certificate, what is the name of the church where Robert Johnson is buried?

Entries should be received by us no later than the end of 19th May, either by email to or by post to Competition, Hebden Blues, Unit 3B, Beehive Mills, Hebble End, Hebden Bridge, HX76HJ. Competition winners will be notified on 20th May. Please include Name, Address and a daytime telephone number.

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