Blind Willie Johnson

Blind Willie Johnson around 1928

Columbia record

1929, record of You'll Need Somebody On Your Bond


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Blind Willie Johnson

Other Names: The Blind Pilgrim, prob. Blind Texas Marlin

Personal: married with Willie B Harris, later with Angeline

* Jan. 22, 1897 Brenham TX
- worked as a child on street corners for money, Marlin TX
- worked at a courthouse, New Orleans LA
1927 - recorded for Columbia, Dallas TX
1928 - recorded with Willie B Harris for Columbia, Dallas TX
1929 - recorded for Columbia (frequently with Willie B Harris), New Orleans LA
1930 - recorded with Willie B Harris for Columbia, Atlanta GA
early 30s - worked with Blind Willie McTell on street corners, highways, stores, parks through South
30s - lived with Willie B Harris in Marlin TX, 817 Hunter St. - worked at street corners, churches, train stations
- during World War II he went on air (KTEM in Temple TX, KPLC in Lake Charles)
- operated in his last years as Rev. W.J. Johnson the House of Prayer at 1440 Forrest Street, Beaumont TX
1945 - his house burned to the ground, because of living in the ruins and sleeping on a wet bed he catched pneumonia
Sept. 18, 1945 Beaumont TX

Johnson's haunting masterpiece "Dark Was the Night (Cold Was the Ground)" was chosen for an album placed aboard Voyager 1 in 1977 on its journey to the ends of the universe.

Instruments: guitar (sometimes playing slide guitar with a brass ring or a knife)

Influences: Blind Willie McTell

Influenced: Robert Johnson, Son House, Muddy Waters

Sources:
Wikipedia
Corcoran, Michael: The Soul of Blind Willie Johnson
Illustrated Discography
Dixon, Robert M.W.: Blues & Gospel Records 1890-1943

Songs (with date of recording):

Bye And Bye I'm Goin' To See the King
1929.12.10 -- New Orleans LA - 149580-2 Columbia 14504-D - Blind Willie Johnson (v,g)

Can't Nobody Hide From God
1930.04.20 -- Atlanta GA - 150307-; 194926-2 Columbia 14556-D - Blind Willie Johnson (v,g), Willie B. Richardson (lead v)
City Of Refuge --> see: I'm Gonna Run To the City Of Refuge
Church, I'm Fully Saved To-Day
1930.04.20 -- Atlanta GA - 150314-; 194890-3 Columbia 14582-D - Blind Willie Johnson (lead v,g), Willie B. Richardson (v)

Dark Was the Night - Cold Was the Ground
1927.12.03 -- Dallas TX - 145320-2 Columbia 14303-D - Blind Willie Johnson (v,g) -

Everybody Ought To Treat A Stranger Right
1930.04.20 -- Atlanta GA - 150313-; 194897-2 Columbia 14597-D - Blind Willie Johnson (lead v,g), Willie B. Richardson (v)

God Don't Never Change
1929.12.10 -- New Orleans LA - 149579-1 Columbia 14490-D - Blind Willie Johnson (v,g)
God Moves On the Water
1929.12.11 -- New Orleans LA - 149599-1 Columbia 14520-D - Blind Willie Johnson (v,g), Willie B. Richardson (v)
Go With Me To That Land
1930.04.20 -- Atlanta GA - 150309-; 194928-2 Columbia 14597-D - Blind Willie Johnson (v,g), Willie B. Richardson (lead v)

If I Had My Way I'd Tear the Building Down
1927.12.03 -- Dallas TX - 145317-2 Columbia 14276-D - Blind Willie Johnson (v,g) -

If It Had Not Been For Jesus
1930.04.20 -- Atlanta GA - 150308-; 194927-1 Columbia 14556-D - Blind Willie Johnson (v,g), Willie B. Richardson (lead v)
I Know His Blood Can Make Me Whole
1927.12.03 -- Dallas TX - 145316-1,-2 Columbia 14276-D - Blind Willie Johnson (v,g)
I'm Gonna Run To the City Of Refuge
1928.12.05 -- Dallas TX - 147568-1 Columbia 14391-D - Blind Willie Johnson (v,g), Willie B. Richardson (v)
It's Nobody's Fault But Mine
1927.12.03 -- Dallas TX - 145318-2 Columbia 14303-D - Blind Willie Johnson (v,g)

Jesus Is Coming (Soon)
1928.12.05 -- Dallas TX - 147569-1 Columbia 14391-D - Blind Willie Johnson (v,g), Willie B. Richardson (v)
Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed
1927.12.03 -- Dallas TX - 145317-2 Columbia 14276-D - Blind Willie Johnson (v,g)
John the Revelator
1930.04.20 -- Atlanta GA - 150315-2 Columbia 14530-D - Blind Willie Johnson (lead v,g), Willie B. Richardson (v)

Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning
1928.12.05 -- Dallas TX - 147571-1,-2 Columbia 14425-D - Blind Willie Johnson (v,g), Willie B. Richardson (v)

Let Your Light Shine On Me
1929.12.10 -- New Orleans LA - 149578-2 Columbia 14490-D - Blind Willie Johnson (v,g)
Lord I Just Can't Keep From Crying
1928.12.05 -- Dallas TX - 147570-1 Columbia 14425-D - Blind Willie Johnson (v,g), Willie B. Richardson (v)

Motherless Children --> see: Mothers Children Have A Hard Time
Mothers Children Have A Hard Time
1927.12.03 -- Dallas TX - 145319-2 Columbia 14343-D - Blind Willie Johnson (v,g) -

Oh Lord, If I Had My Way --> see: If I Had My Way I'd Tear the Building Down

Praise God I'm Satisfied
1929.12.11 -- New Orleans LA - 149596-1 Columbia 14545-D - Blind Willie Johnson (v,g), Willie B. Richardson (v) -

The Rain Don't Fall On Me (Johnson)
1930.04.20 -- Atlanta GA - 150310-2; 194929-2 Columbia 14537-D - Blind Willie Johnson (v,g), Willie B. Richardson (lead v)

The Soul Of A Man (Blind Willie Johnson)
1930.04.20 -- Atlanta GA - 150312-; 194931-2 Columbia 14582-D - Blind Willie Johnson (lead v,g), Willie B. Richardson (v)
Sweeter As the Years Roll By
1929.10.10 -- New Orleans LA - 149581-2 Columbia 14624-D - Blind Willie Johnson (v,g)

Take Your Burden To the Lord And Leave It There
1929.12.11 -- New Orleans LA - 149597-1 Columbia 14520-D - Blind Willie Johnson (v,g), Willie B. Richardson (v)
Take Your Stand
1929.12.11 -- New Orleans LA - 149598-1 Columbia 14624-D - Blind Willie Johnson (v,g), Willie B. Richardson (v)
Trouble Will Soon Be Over (Johnson)
1930.04.20 -- Atlanta GA - 150311-2; 194930-2 Columbia 14537-D - Blind Willie Johnson (lead v,g), Willie B. Richardson (v)

When the War Was On
1929.12.11 -- New Orleans LA - 149595-1 Columbia 14545-D - Blind Willie Johnson (v,g), Willie B. Richardson (v)

You'll Need Somebody On Your Bond
1929.12.11 -- New Orleans LA - 149594-1 Columbia 14504-D - Blind Willie Johnson (v,g), Willie B. Richardson (v)
You're Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond
1930.04.20 -- Atlanta GA - 150316-2 Columbia 14530-D - Blind Willie Johnson (lead v,g), Willie B. Richardson (v)

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