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Alan White and Max Haymes, 6th January 2011
I will split this
feature into two parts. Initially, all the songs that Johnson later recorded
(sometimes under different titles) will be listed and discussed briefly to
illustrate a chronological sequence in the form of date of issue (or
case may be). Part 2 will consider in
more detail any possible influences on Blind Willie via the melody, vocal style
and lyrics. References to relevant recordings made after Johnson's will appear
from time to time, in both Parts 1 and 2. Finally, in the summary I hope to
conclude that there were indeed quite substantial number of songs and artists
who influenced the Texas bottleneck guitar ace, forming an important factor in
the roots of Blind Willie Johnson.
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