Robert Johnson

1911 - 1938

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Robert Leroy Johnson (May 8, 1911 – August 16, 1938) was an American blues musician and songwriter. His landmark recordings in 1936 and 1937 display a combination of singing, guitar skills, and songwriting talent that has influenced later generations of musicians. Although his recording career spanned only seven months, he is recognized as a master of the blues, particularly the Delta blues style, and as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Robert Johnson has received more than 8,256,013 page views. His biography is available in 52 different languages on Wikipedia. Robert Johnson is the 78th most popular musician (down from 58th in 2019), the 452nd most popular biography from United States (down from 359th in 2019) and the 20th most popular American Musician.

Robert Johnson is most famous for his recordings of blues music, which were made in the 1930s.

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Among musicians, Robert Johnson ranks 78 out of 3,175Before him are Jon Lord, Pablo de Sarasate, Richard Clayderman, Antônio Carlos Jobim, Paco de Lucía, and Yehudi Menuhin. After him are Iggy Pop, Giorgio Moroder, Steven Van Zandt, Lou Reed, Carlos Santana, and Sia.

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Among people born in 1911, Robert Johnson ranks 21Before him are Mikhail Botvinnik, Marshall McLuhan, Jack Ruby, Melvin Calvin, Lê Đức Thọ, and Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld. After him are Tennessee Williams, Klaus Fuchs, Maurice Allais, Wilhelm Mohnke, Polykarp Kusch, and Joseph Barbera. Among people deceased in 1938, Robert Johnson ranks 18Before him are Faustina Kowalska, Karl Kautsky, Alexei Rykov, Suzanne Valadon, Genrikh Yagoda, and Carl von Ossietzky. After him are Muhammad Iqbal, Osip Mandelstam, Marie of Romania, Christian Lous Lange, Cecilia Bowes-Lyon, Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne, and Bruno Taut.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Robert Johnson ranks 452 out of 20,380Before him are Edward Hopper (1882), Leslie Groves (1896), Lauren Bacall (1924), Bernie Madoff (1938), O. J. Simpson (1947), and George Herbert Mead (1863). After him are Viggo Mortensen (1958), Diana Ross (1944), Herbert Spencer Gasser (1888), Val Logsdon Fitch (1923), William G. Morgan (1870), and Danny Trejo (1944).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Robert Johnson ranks 20Before him are Bruce Springsteen (1949), Cliff Burton (1962), Duke Ellington (1899), Israel Kamakawiwoʻole (1959), Dean Martin (1917), and Yehudi Menuhin (1916). After him are Iggy Pop (1947), Steven Van Zandt (1950), Lou Reed (1942), Paul Simon (1941), Charlie Parker (1920), and Alice Cooper (1948).