February Is Black History Month

 
Hello everyone from World’s Finest Guitars. As you know February is Black History Month in which we celebrate the countless contributions that many black men and woman have contributed to the growth and development of America .
This being a blog about Guitars, gives us a fantastic opportunity to highlight some of the greats in the music industry that have shaped the direction of the music we enjoy now in 2010.
 
 

 

This week we are going back a few years to give Robert Leroy Johnson some much deserved praise for his contribution to the Delta blues sound of the 1930s.

Right Click the link below  to listen to Robert Johnson’s “Sweet Home Chicago” 
 

 
Robert Leroy Johnson
(May 8, 1911–August 16, 1938) was an American blues musicians among the most famous of Delta blues musicians. His landmark recordings from 1936–1937 display a remarkable combination of singing, guitar skills, and songwriting talent that have influenced generations of musicians. Johnson’s shadowy, poorly documented life and death at age 27 have given rise to much legend.. The period between 1936 and 1937 saw him in great guns when he proved his forte as a brilliant guitarist and lyricist, as well as an awesome singer. Often regarded as the “Grandfather of Rock-and-Roll,” Robert Johnson is believed to have been a great influence in the world of rock music, inspiring many legends of the same genre, Eric Clapton, another legend of the same kind, has called Johnson “the most important blues musician who ever lived.
  To check out this guitar on the Gibson site go to  

http://www2.gibson.com/Products/Acoustic-Instruments/Small-Body/Gibson-Acoustic/Robert-Johnson-L-1/Features.aspx

www.mciiproductions.com

Shown above is Gibson Guitar’s much coveted Small body “Robert Johnson signature model” .   I highly doubt that Mr. Johnson actually signed the prototype for Gibson, never the less it is a great guitar that has a great guitarist for a namesake .  Thank you Gibson and Thank you Robert Johnson for all your music . Even though short lived in his day,  his music lives on for our and future generations to learn from, and enjoy.

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