Robert Johnson, born May 8 1911

Wolfgang’s Vault has put together a 18 song multi-blues artist tribute to the famous blues man

Born 100 years ago on May 8, 1911 Robert Johnson only recorded 29 songs but influenced scores of blues musicians.

He was influential in the Mississippi delta but his memory waned after his early death at 27 years old from poisoning. 

It was the interest from white blues and rock musicians in the 1960s that resurrected Robert Johnson as one of the most important blues artists of the century.

Wolfgang’s Vault has put together 23 tracks covering 18 of Johnson’s songs with artists such as “Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, Johnny Winter, Steve Miller, the Grateful Dead, and Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac.”

For instance there are three versions of Come On In My Kitchen, Steve Miller, Hank Williams Jr. and Johnny Winter.

Listen to more Steve Miller at Wolfgang’s Vault.

Listen to more Johnny Winter at Wolfgang’s Vault.

The set-list is available to listen for free at Robert Johnson Tribute

For more on Robert Johnson and the delta blues tradition, check out Crawdaddy’s story One Hundred Years of Mississippi Blues: From Robert Johnson to Cedric Burnside and Wikipedia.