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Johnson, Blind Willielocked

(1900?–1949?)
  • David Evans

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Johnson, Blind Willie (1900?–1949?), gospel singer and guitarist, was born near Marlin, Texas, the son of George Johnson, a farmer, and a mother (name unknown) who died when Willie was quite young. Information about Johnson’s life is very sketchy and based largely on brief interviews with his two wives and a few friends and fellow musicians, who sometimes gave vague and contradictory information. The only tangible documents of his life are the thirty recordings that he made between 1927 and 1930....

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