Which SESAC affiliate's songs have been recorded by Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton?
Robert Leroy Johnson (May 8, 1911 – August 16, 1938) was an American blues musician and is regarded as a cultural treasure today. He is among the most famous and influencial of Delta blues musicians.
Born in Hazelhurst, Mississippi in 1911, Johnson came to prominence in the `30s, recording his 26-song catalog during two recording sessions in 1936 and 1937. Considered by some to be the "Grandfather of Rock 'n' Roll", his vocal phrasing, original songs, and guitar style have influenced a broad range of musicians, including Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Johnny Winter, Jeff Beck, Jack White and Eric Clapton, who called Johnson "the most important blues singer that ever lived". He was also ranked fifth in Rolling Stone's list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Johnson's shadowy, poorly documented life and death at age 27 have given rise to much legend.
SESAC signed the catalog of blues great Robert Johnson for exclusive performing rights representation in 2002. Johnson, who passed away in 1938 at the age of 27, is a founding father of the distinctly American musical genre known as the blues, and his catalog represents nothing less than a cornerstone of American culture.
From "Crossroads" by Cream to Led Zeppelin's "Travelin' Riverside Blues" to the Rolling Stones' version of "Love In Vain," this is a catalog that will live on for generations to come.