Tommy Johnson (born 1896 – died 1st November 1956) was an influential American delta blues musician, who recorded in the late 1920s, and was known for his falsetto voice and intricate guitar playing
Johnson was born near Terry, Mississippi, and moved around 1910 to Crystal Springs, Mississippi, where he lived for most of his life. He learned to play the guitar and, by 1914, was supplementing his income by playing at local parties with his brothers Major and LeDell. In 1916 he married and moved to Webb Jennings' Plantation near Drew, Mississippi, close to the Dockery Plantation. There he met other musicians including Charlie Patton and Willie Brown
He is buried in the Warm Springs Methodist Church cemetery north of Crystal Springs, Mississippi.
Tommy Johnson (1896-November 1,1956) was one of the most influential blues artists in Mississippi in the 1920s and 1930s. He grew up in the Crystal Springs area of Mississippi , where he often performed with his brothers LeDell and Mager. His original songs, which were widely covered by others, included “Canned Heat Blues”, “Big Road Blues”, and “Cool Drink of Water Blues”. He is buried in the Warm Springs Methodist Church cemetery north of Crystal springs town.
Tommy Johnson learned to play guitar from his older brother LeDell and as a young teen ran away to the Delta. He returned two years later an accomplished performer, which, according to LeDell, Tommy Johnson attributed to a meeting with a mysterious figure at a crossroads.
The story, which involved Johnson handing over his guitar to a large black man who tuned it for him, predates the similar and more famous tale of the unrelated bluesman Robert Johnson selling his soul to the devil at the crossroads.