Hellhound on My Trail.In San Antonio (1936) and Dallas (1937) he recorded 29 blues songs, but a year later he was poisoned by a jealous husband. Though all that remains of his legendary work are those Texas recordings, Johnson's influence has been profound, on later blues and other musicians, some of whom, e.g., the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, and Bob Dylan, have recorded his songs.
See his lyrics ed. by B. Groom and B. Yates (1969); biographies by P. Guralnick (1989), S. Calt (2001), and B. L. Pearson and B. McCulloch (2003); P. R. Schroeder, Robert Johnson, Mythmaking, and Contemporary American Culture (2004), and E. Wald, Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues (2004).
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