If there are any Soul Patrollers who are big Robert Johnson fans like myselfI happen to know some things about his life, and death, that are not widely known
Johnson, a lonely musician who defined the '30s blues era, died in at the young age of Despite the fact that he died penniless, his estate subsequently made thousands in royalties, prompting an estate dispute and lengthy probate that would not be settled until 62 years after his death.
An Estate in Turmoil Like many of his time, Johnson died precariously, with no children and without a will. Carrie Thompson, Robert Johnson's half sister, filed as next of kin on Johnson's small estate in Carrie's petition of the court allowed her to share in all royalties of Johnson's works, photos, and miscellaneous items concerning Johnson.
InCarrie died leaving her stepsister Annye of no relation to Robert to manage her affairs. Inthe courts officially appointed Annye the administrator of both Carrie's and R. At the time, the court noted that Johnson's estate consisted of "miscellaneous and unknown" items.
However, everything changed the very next year when Columbia Records released " Robert L. Johnson - The Complete Recordings. After the estate had mushroomed in size from royalties, an individual named Claude L. Johnson came before the court claiming that he was the illegitimate son of Robert L.
At first, the courts threw his case out on the basis that Johnson did not file his petition within the allotted amount of time. The case was then appealed, and subsequently overturned by the Mississippi Supreme Court.
The Court ruled that not hearing Claude's case would only benefit Annye who, as executor of the Johnson estate, maintained a fiduciary duty to locate any rightful heirs. Through the following years of legal wrangling, the saga of Robert L.
Background of a Bluesman Robert L. Johnson was born in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, on May 11, He was the son of Julia Major Dodds and Noah Johnson, a lover she had taken in her husband's absence. Johnson was described as a wandering man, in both his music and his life. After leaving his home in Memphis to go back to Mississippi, he took many girlfriends, but finally settled down and married a teenager named Virginia.
In April ofVirginia died at the youthful age of 16 while in childbirth with their son, who also perished during the delivery. After their deaths, Johnson focused his energy on perfecting his music. Johnson later returned to his birthplace of Hazlehurst, Mississippi in search of a steady life.
They met in March ofand after their brief encounter, never spoke again. Smith identified Robert Johnson in a deposition as the father of her son Claude, which would later be corroborated by one of her childhood friends.
After Virginia's fling with the bluesman, Claude Johnson was born nine months later.I first heard the name Robert Johnson in the film Crossroads, a masterpiece starring Ralph Macchio, which culminates in a guitar duel between teenage blues virtuoso Macchio and the devil in the form of a shredding Steve Vai.
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