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Tommy Johnson

1896 - 1956

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Tommy Johnson

Tommy Johnson
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.
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Tommy Johnson Discography - Records, Album CD

Title
Date
Cover
Remarks
Canned Heat Blues      
Big Road Blues      
Maggie Campbell Blues      
Bye Bye Blues      
Big Fat Mama Blues      
Cool Drink of Water Blues      
Alcohol and Jame Blues      
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Tommy Johnson bio

Tommy Johnson
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.
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Canned Heat Blues

Canned heat
Canned Heat was the name for Sterno, a fuel made from denatured and jellied alcohol used as a cooking fuel that was also drunk with dangerous results as an alcohol substitute.
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Canned heat Blues record
The song "Canned Heat Blues" was the inspiration for the name of the 1960s blues group Canned Heat. Tommy Johnson's song "Big Road Blues" also inspired Canned Heat's song "On the Road Again".
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Alcohol and Jake Blues
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Tommy Johnson at the Crossroads

Crossroads
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.
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Tommy Johnson - Big Road Blues
 
Tommy Johnson - Alcohol and Jame Blues
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