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After the reissue of his recordings in 1961, on the LP King of the Delta Blues Singers, his work reached a wider audience.

Johnson is now recognized as a master of the blues, particularly of the Mississippi Delta blues style.

Robert Leroy Johnson (May 8, 1911 – August 16, 1938) was an American blues singer-songwriter and musician.

Charles Dodds had been forced by a lynch mob to leave Hazlehurst following a dispute with white landowners.

Julia left Hazlehurst with baby Robert but after two years sent the boy to Memphis to live with her husband, who had changed his name to Charles Spencer.

A school friend, Willie Coffee, who was interviewed and filmed in later life, recalled that as a youth Robert was already noted for playing the harmonica and jaw harp.

After school, Robert adopted the surname of his natural father, signing himself as Robert Johnson on the certificate of his marriage to sixteen-year-old Virginia Travis in February 1929. Surviving relatives of Virginia told the blues researcher Robert "Mack" Mc Cormick that this was a divine punishment for Robert's decision to sing secular songs, known as "selling your soul to the Devil".

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