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The Man Who Sold His Soul to The Devil (Robert Johnson)

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КОМЕНТАРІ • 12 тис.

  • @wi-fi3816
    @wi-fi3816 3 роки тому +10115

    "little is known about his life... it's still a mystery"
    Proceeds to talk about his life in details until death..

  • @TheRealGuywithoutaMustache
    @TheRealGuywithoutaMustache Рік тому +8691

    Imagine being so good at the guitar that the public thinks you sold your soul to get that good. I’d take that as a compliment to the highest degree.

    • @CJTower.
      @CJTower. Рік тому +67

      If you dont have a mustache then what about a beard or a goatee?

    • @poppo2478
      @poppo2478 Рік тому +26

      just who are you

    • @macias7125
      @macias7125 Рік тому +445

      He literally wrote a song about selling his soul lol it's quite obvious at this point

    • @veno3064
      @veno3064 Рік тому +23

      The first time I've seen this dude without 12k likes on a comment

    • @leifpeterson4850
      @leifpeterson4850 Рік тому +5

      @@veno3064 same

  • @thundarrisaboss2725
    @thundarrisaboss2725 2 роки тому +4400

    no joke, my brother and i both started playing guitar in our teens. i wasnt a prodigy or anything, but through grinding away, i was making significant progress. my brother was grinding too, but he seemed to have a real problem with rhythm. he would write these riffs, that were just not quite right. i would take them and "fix" them. well, fast forward to our 20s, and im getting downright competent as a writer/performer. but my bro is still not quite right. he is homeless at the time, and ends up going to a hippie town, to sell acid. ends up staying the whole summer. when he comes back to see me, i was BLOWN away. he was writing and playing on another level. he told me he took way too much acid one night, and played on the street corner for 2 days straight. on the 2nd night, he was still tripping HARD. he told me something just clicked. and it all made sense to him. still blows me away.

    • @ambrose9968
      @ambrose9968 Рік тому +710

      not saying this happened to robert but i believe some ppl really do just have that lightbulb moment with their instrument.

    • @thundarrisaboss2725
      @thundarrisaboss2725 Рік тому +246

      @@ambrose9968 for sure. and ive had some real leaps myself, but nothing like my brother. it was almost supernatural. lol

    • @jacobrobinson7903
      @jacobrobinson7903 Рік тому +106

      Rolling ciggies was pretty much the same thing with me, was smokeable but wack then one day just figured it out

    • @oloxhossono1956
      @oloxhossono1956 Рік тому +18

      this is an amazing story

    • @aden4921
      @aden4921 Рік тому +44

      such a sick ass story

  • @ZeroNeedsCoffee
    @ZeroNeedsCoffee 9 місяців тому +132

    I fucking knew it! * slaps my thigh *

    • @Worldstar_Tech
      @Worldstar_Tech 5 місяців тому +2

      Knew what

    • @dale5702
      @dale5702 Місяць тому +2

      ​@@Worldstar_Techyeah, knew what my man dont leaves us hangin

    • @dale5702
      @dale5702 Місяць тому

      How you gonna do us like that

  • @chriscampbell9191
    @chriscampbell9191 Рік тому +1974

    Johnson was 'gone' for two years. You can progress a lot on an instrument in two years, especially if you set your mind to it. He also had opportunity to observe some of the blues guys like Son House and take all that in. I think the crossroads legend takes away from Johnson's ability to learn and improve. Some people become prodigies. It happens. And it also takes a lot of work.

    • @brainrich1358
      @brainrich1358 9 місяців тому +28

      Didn't Charlie "The Bird" Parker "disappear" to improve his sax playing? He's now considered one of the greatest jazz sax players ever

    • @secrets.295
      @secrets.295 8 місяців тому +28

      Doesn't make any sense. It was the 1920s, people work really long hours back then. The only way he could be that good in 2 years is if he is unemployed and all he does is playing guitar day and night. I doubted he was unemployed.

    • @pompeiisurvivor2502
      @pompeiisurvivor2502 8 місяців тому +20

      Forget how good he was. What's up with all the references to Satan in the lyrics?

    • @pompeiisurvivor2502
      @pompeiisurvivor2502 8 місяців тому +16

      @@kenparvu3681 Oddly enough, there are present-day entertainers from Memphis who share Johnson's Devil culture. And one claimed to have had a literal near-death experience in which he went to Hell, was tormented and then rescued by "God," before being resuscitated. He tried to change his lifestyle after that incident but struggled. He died about a year later. Half the band members in his group died young. The last died a few months ago before posting a drawing on her Instagram page depicting a woman having sex with a demon. The group was called Three 6 Mafia (as in 666). Perhaps Johnson simply used Satan as a gimmick. But to me, as someone who follows Jesus, that's enough to make a deal out of.

    • @chriscampbell9191
      @chriscampbell9191 8 місяців тому +15

      @@pompeiisurvivor2502 May have been a common trope in the blues songs during that period. Skip James did "Devil Got My Woman", for example. A lot of religious references in blues -- some of the blues guys were also doing a form of gospel (Blind Willie Johnson being an example of that).

  • @leeminchung9
    @leeminchung9 10 місяців тому +1759

    Fun fact
    There is a Japanese manga about Robert Johnson and how he sold his soul to the devil to become a legendary musician which is titled the same as his song "Me and The Devil Blues"
    The manga has 5 volumes and it was written and illustrated by Akira Hiramoto, the same guy who created Prison School

    • @granthse
      @granthse 9 місяців тому +21

      Legit the way I found out about him

    • @PartyCrasher04
      @PartyCrasher04 9 місяців тому +32

      Not gonna read it because of what he did to prison school

    • @jyu3646
      @jyu3646 9 місяців тому +5

      is the manga good? and also what happened to prison school? I liked the anime

    • @PartyCrasher04
      @PartyCrasher04 9 місяців тому +48

      @@jyu3646 last arc was ridiculously long and poorly written, and then it ended abruptly with the worst ending possible

    • @jyu3646
      @jyu3646 9 місяців тому +2

      @@PartyCrasher04 since im not gonna read it anyway, how did it end?

  • @axlelijah2327
    @axlelijah2327 4 роки тому +9769

    imagine being dead for 100 years+ and people still talked about you

    • @Steger13
      @Steger13 3 роки тому +317

      is what Jesus must think too; )

    • @TrapLordgaming
      @TrapLordgaming 3 роки тому +224

      It's not close to 100+ years

    • @axlelijah2327
      @axlelijah2327 3 роки тому +33

      @gid daym dude im just saying holy shit.

    • @tridevkotwal2169
      @tridevkotwal2169 3 роки тому +37

      Only the alive can imagine.

    • @KingdomWithin7
      @KingdomWithin7 3 роки тому +97

      Jesus Christ: am I a joke to you?

  • @ekw44
    @ekw44 4 місяці тому +247

    He turned his back to the audience while he played, gives me chills.

    • @Teedogmc
      @Teedogmc 2 місяці тому +11

      The 27 club. Back to the crowd. Dark lyrics. Souls lost. From Robert Johnson to Jim Morrison to Curt Cobain, Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not.

    • @KhilylahWatson-ic7hx
      @KhilylahWatson-ic7hx Місяць тому +16

      ​@@Teedogmcor he just stage shy and feels like he can play better without the pressure of seeing so many people watching him. It's alot of rappers who have dark lyrics and lost souls and don't turn they back to the crowd.

    • @jonmuller8473
      @jonmuller8473 Місяць тому +1

      I saw Miles Davis do that too.

    • @hanspaez5779
      @hanspaez5779 24 дні тому

      Angus young did the same

    • @ape72patch1
      @ape72patch1 21 день тому

      Welll there’s the proof 😂

  • @xenopis7862
    @xenopis7862 5 місяців тому +192

    This is what any performer would want to achieve. Be so different and good, that people blame the devil's work. Liszt, Paganini and Robert Johnson are brilliant examples of that.

    • @Daniel-_Godismyjudge9
      @Daniel-_Godismyjudge9 5 місяців тому +1

      I mean Robert songs titles were a bit weird.

    • @ErinJeanette
      @ErinJeanette 5 місяців тому +1

      I dunno who any of them are now I gotta look

    • @4LVN.
      @4LVN. 2 місяці тому +8

      Reminds me of the 'you're so good at CoD that people start accusing you of cheating and using aimbots' phenomena.

    • @ptolemaic3238
      @ptolemaic3238 Місяць тому +1

      ​@@Daniel-_Godismyjudge9 ratio

    • @KoryGilesMusicGroup
      @KoryGilesMusicGroup 11 днів тому

      Another great example is Guitar Watson. His music was sometimes seen as unusual and strange for the 1950s, and some even called him messed up in the head.

  • @TheSupreetking
    @TheSupreetking Рік тому +61

    They say "People Fear what they don't Understand...."🤷‍♂️💯

    • @lyleswavel320
      @lyleswavel320 19 днів тому +2

      No fear, most intelligent people know there is evil in the world

    • @FemboyKaiSaku
      @FemboyKaiSaku 17 днів тому +5

      @@lyleswavel320intelligent people dont dumb evil down to "since i don't understand it, must be the devil"

    • @user-ym1tg8bs1u
      @user-ym1tg8bs1u 13 днів тому


  • @kevincordoba-llanos4856
    @kevincordoba-llanos4856 9 місяців тому +19

    Man, UA-cam recommends me the most random videos. Never heard of Robert Johnson until today and glad I learned a new piece of history

  • @sammyquinn1
    @sammyquinn1 6 місяців тому +25

    I've been obsessed with music since 1960. With me it's been an obsession. There's nothing I won't listen to that includes disc techno and yes rap. The Robert Johnso story bothered me for years and one day I quit being lazy and started doing my own research on it. It's a fascinating story, but this story has more outright fantasy to it than anyone I've ever studied. He's from Mississippi and as a child all he wanted to do was sing and play the blues. For whatever reason no one would help him. He forged ahead and tried being self taught. He just didn't seem to have any aptitude for music. As a young adult he would tell bar owners I'll play for free but he was so bad bar owners stopped letting him play for free cuz we can't sell drinks to people who aren't here. Blues legend Son House remembers Robert. Son House said when the pub owners no longer let him play for free he was going to move away. No body cared. Sure enough he disappeared for several months, however he came back, and this is when all the nonsense about RJ began. I'll be brief. When he left town the letter grade for his talent was clearly an F. When he returned it was no better than a C minus. True to form he never gave up. During his lifetime no one thought he was a rising star.When he took the stage when the band was on break at least people didn't walk out. He was never a star performer ever. He recorded 11 songs over a 4 year period. Not exactly a bluesman in demand. He had a bad habit of messing with married women. So his death is shrouded in mystery. Many claim a jealous husband poisoned him, it was never proven because frankly no one cared. He was the first member of the 27 club if that means anything. Fast forward to 1961. An engineer at Columbia records saw an ad in a trade publication. Those little fly by nite recording studios had decided to cell off the catalogs of their deceased artists. And they were going cheap. So this engineer got Columbia to buy a bunch of them. After all no residuals to the artists they're dead. Johnson's 11 songs were among the ones released. One snag though, Columbia wanted to put Johnson's picture on the cover. No one in Mississippi rembered who he was and they couldn't drum up so much as a snap shot of him so they had an artist draw a bluesman with his head down. Now the miracle of Robert Johnson begins. What makes this fascinating, is in the history of music there has never been such an obscure unknown unheralded bluesman who became a super star 30 years after he was dead. Mind you his songs that Columbia released did not sell all that well. Pick it up in 1965 and rock n roll was here to stay. All the young performers who would go on to be mega stars were just getting going. Clapton Beck, Hendrix Trower even Kieth Richard's Pete Townsend Mick Ralph's Bob Dylan George Harrison. American kids were buying up fan magazines like they were free. When all the those young up coming mega stars where asked who are some of your influences every one of them mentioned Robert Johnson. So the American rock media asked who the hell is Robert Johnson? That is how he become famous. Maybe he did sell his soul to the devil. The devil just forgot to tell him you won't be a mega star til you've been dead 30 years. Don't be playin' poker with the devil.

  • @b.g.7580
    @b.g.7580 3 роки тому +11344

    Christians - "He sold his soul to the devil!"
    Skeptics - "He just practiced."
    History Channel - "It was Aliens!"

  • @elsalanchester8495
    @elsalanchester8495 Рік тому +151

    I have one of his records in my bedroom. I love the sorrow and soul feeling he put behind his music, you can hear his life struggles in the way he pours it into blues melodies.

  • @fuziontonygaming
    @fuziontonygaming Рік тому +117

    He basically was the forefather of Metal with lyrics

  • @bencastillo415
    @bencastillo415 8 місяців тому +4

    I remember on a Netflix short documentary stated that Robert played everyday during his absence but practiced at a cemetery until he felt his music to being close to perfect.

  • @caliroyal127b5
    @caliroyal127b5 2 роки тому +130

    He was so talented. Haters couldn’t believe it was his hard work and determination

    • @rgrateful
      @rgrateful Рік тому +1


      @SHEEPSUK Рік тому +6

      Hate has nothing to do with it.

    • @davestarns8317
      @davestarns8317 Рік тому

      These were fans that said that

    • @shirisha7636
      @shirisha7636 9 місяців тому +14

      @Despicable Al wrong it's just you can't bear the truth that he is brilliant , Ronaldo not a born good player but practise make person perfect ,
      Are you mad what type of jealousy and theories this is !

    • @RebelliousRunningSnail
      @RebelliousRunningSnail 7 місяців тому

      Listen to his music first

  • @Bakeskiii
    @Bakeskiii 6 місяців тому +14

    Am I the only one that has been recommended this video like a hundred times? And has watched it like three times??

    • @AlexanderTheGrateful
      @AlexanderTheGrateful 13 днів тому +1

      Yup, you’re the only one, you must watch some boring sh1t mate 😂

    • @uzomannorom1409
      @uzomannorom1409 11 днів тому

      fr, the algorithm is pushing it hard this time. maybe it's because he's black and it's black history month, but as a black person myself who is okay with pian and the recorder, they need to let me be! lol

  • @user-vq6yn3kv4t
    @user-vq6yn3kv4t 4 роки тому +22062

    Insane he’s being talked about today, imagine being that well known.

  • @EazzyBeezie
    @EazzyBeezie Рік тому +41

    I came across a cassette tape of him like 20 years ago and I was in awe. I always felt like he was playing 2 guitars.

  • @lance_the_avocado9492
    @lance_the_avocado9492 Рік тому +314

    I actually had no idea that this man existed, I only knew his name from the movie Crossroads, but that movie is based off of Robert. Very fascinating story of a man with what seems like unlimited guitar talent, I just got into guitar last year and the movie and Robert are some pretty big inspirations for me,

    • @nicolehegarty4749
      @nicolehegarty4749 Рік тому +18

      I didn't know about him until I saw an episode on Supernatural about him and his deal etc. ❤️

    • @inutero10
      @inutero10 9 місяців тому

      Thats how i learned. I just fed around until it sterted to sound like music. Then it all clicked as you say. Of course you have to have enough of a music iq to know what sounds work and dont together.

    • @laylachan415
      @laylachan415 5 місяців тому

      The show supernatural had an episode that was called crossroads blue it mentions this exact thing creepy 😮

  • @KeiCulture
    @KeiCulture 2 місяці тому +37

    this is the real life version of being so good at a videogame you get accused of hacking

    • @KillerDiaguR
      @KillerDiaguR 25 днів тому +1

      Where the gamer admits hacking

  • @Deadman1000
    @Deadman1000 Рік тому +161

    "And I say, hello Satan, I do believe it's time to go..." I'm not a religious man but the way Johnson delivers those lines is chilling.

    • @guy-mp9bw
      @guy-mp9bw Рік тому +2

      But nobody was speaking on that

    • @revenge8215
      @revenge8215 Рік тому +1

      So how does one even do this?

    • @guy-mp9bw
      @guy-mp9bw Рік тому +1

      @@revenge8215 really wanna know

    • @revenge8215
      @revenge8215 Рік тому +1

      @@guy-mp9bw yea I do

    • @guy-mp9bw
      @guy-mp9bw Рік тому +11

      @@revenge8215 devil doesn’t show himself anymore now days we sell our soul everyday in order for you to actually sell soul you need to let go of divine order for worldly gains.

  • @KyotiGoo
    @KyotiGoo 6 місяців тому +15

    *Story time:* So with my own experience at the wells house in PA I’m sure y’all know what that place is, people now do investigations there. But I went there as a teen with a group of friends, the most traumatic experience ever… I never ever believed in ghosts until that day except it was no ghost… No one pukes gallons of blood 🩸 looking like they weigh 89 pounds & eyes turning pitch black in a matter of seconds & voice change from soft to mixed with something inside. What I witnessed as a teen was fucking traumatic. I can say he probably didn’t sell his soul… but evil exists and it comes in many forms. Not to mention I’m a family cult survivor of 12 only one escaped. Evil exists mine happened to be my family & more. Paranormal/voodoo shit went on the horror I experienced I don’t know how I’m standing. Probably got hit in the head many times idk that I just became ditzy. No clue.
    Stay safe out here people. Even the nicest people can do you dirty….

  • @hexdrummin8742
    @hexdrummin8742 4 роки тому +5682

    Song title: Hell Hound on my Trail
    Everybody: Naw he didn't sell his soul

    • @abstract0407
      @abstract0407 4 роки тому +119

      How can you just make up a whole story out of nothing?

    • @pigpin
      @pigpin 4 роки тому +17


    • @LonelyJuan
      @LonelyJuan 4 роки тому +37

      Hex Drummin Beats Lmaoo it’s a metaphorrrrrr

    • @princerumi4833
      @princerumi4833 4 роки тому +24

      lol its just music

    • @pikocartel8705
      @pikocartel8705 4 роки тому +14

      AbSTRACT ,*0¡, have you heard of folklore?

  • @Jody3797
    @Jody3797 2 роки тому +303

    If you've ever seen the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? There is a guitar player named "Tommy" Johnson who was picked up at the cross roads after selling his soul. I can't help but believe that character was based off of this guy.

    • @jaynellioriginal5160
      @jaynellioriginal5160 2 роки тому +13

      One of My favorite movies 👏🏽

    • @UndergroundSkat2000
      @UndergroundSkat2000 Рік тому +11

      There really was a blues guitarist Tommy Johnson

    • @REALCatJesus
      @REALCatJesus Рік тому +22

      Even tho there was a Tommy Johnson, the Tommy in O' Brother was based off of Robert. The crossroads, the song he plays at the camp and remember the ending? The politician said that man sold his soul to the devil at the concert. Oh and it's all in Mississippi

    • @thebrazilianatlantis165
      @thebrazilianatlantis165 Рік тому

      @@REALCatJesus Tommy Johnson is the real-life recorded bluesman from Mississippi who was actually said to have sold his soul to the devil. Confusion of him with Robert Johnson has caused people to claim the same about Robert.

    • @yienessa
      @yienessa Рік тому +3

      is the timeline the same?

  • @DreamyWorld19
    @DreamyWorld19 Рік тому +51

    I took a college English class based on popular music through the years and it was much more of a history class on music, which I adored. We had a lecture about Robert Johnson and other influential blues artists. I don't recall my professor going as in depth about him as this video did (basically only talking about the infamous legend), so I appreciate it.

    • @josue8784
      @josue8784 9 місяців тому

      Was this cypress college

    • @DreamyWorld19
      @DreamyWorld19 9 місяців тому

      @@josue8784 nope

  • @patrickmoreau7592
    @patrickmoreau7592 4 місяці тому +5

    And a legend he is
    You can sell your soul but the devil will always come to collect

  • @kingruff2038
    @kingruff2038 Рік тому +375

    I think this is one of the only people who ACTUALLY sold there soul think about it, he has 2 pictures and he's been remembered for almost a century and is still cemented as a legend, and he got what he want. He will be remembered

    • @themilkmansfuckinyawaaaf
      @themilkmansfuckinyawaaaf Рік тому +5

      Only one you know of

    • @zeldahyrule543
      @zeldahyrule543 10 місяців тому +16

      no one can sell their soul

    • @colinjones8265
      @colinjones8265 9 місяців тому +41

      @@zeldahyrule543 you can’t even spell

    • @KUUVECC
      @KUUVECC 9 місяців тому +6

      @@colinjones8265 😂😂😂😂

    • @zeldahyrule543
      @zeldahyrule543 9 місяців тому

      @@colinjones8265 it's not about spelling. who cares. you get the point. if you are talking about the word know. I fixed it. btw it wasn't miss spelled it was miss used. dont you feel dumb.

  • @artisaprimus6306
    @artisaprimus6306 10 місяців тому +4

    Eric Clapton worships Robert Johnson. In an interview, he described how difficult it was playing one of his songs. I can't remember which song he was talking about. Eric Clapton and others keep Robert Johnson's music alive today.

  • @mitchellpotts1180
    @mitchellpotts1180 3 роки тому +6032

    This would have made a good 90's movie starring Denzel

  • @harrisontownsend910
    @harrisontownsend910 Рік тому +90

    Imagine if Robert Johnson was still here today. What would he think of his legacy, of the people he inspired, the blues and later rock he created, and of his fans. Crazy things to think about.

    • @navebyelyr
      @navebyelyr Рік тому +4

      He'd be 111

    • @CNote96
      @CNote96 6 місяців тому +6

      I’m neighbors with his grandson .. I ask this all day

    • @harrisontownsend910
      @harrisontownsend910 6 місяців тому +1

      @@CNote96 My brother in Christ. That's the coolest thing ever.

    • @rnbsteenstar
      @rnbsteenstar 24 дні тому

      😮 I didn't know he even had descendants! ​@@CNote96

  • @shaunparker5410
    @shaunparker5410 Рік тому +51

    Guys like Robert, created all music, and remain giant icons to this day. Good bless.

    • @davislouis8181
      @davislouis8181 Рік тому +1

      Simple music can make you sing simple things can make you happy simple hug can make you feel better, i hope my simple Hello make you smile..

    • @HelenamariaRusso
      @HelenamariaRusso 3 місяці тому

      Hello how are you doing 😊

  • @fasteddie4010
    @fasteddie4010 Рік тому +3

    Begs questions for sure but I tend to side with the prodigy aspect, he listened, learned, and pulled himself out of his situation.... A story many of us know through the years

  • @solonsaturngaming3727
    @solonsaturngaming3727 Рік тому +8

    tbh this is so true when you sign with any Record Label, and many of our fav. artists and bands say the same thing. may he rest in peace

  • @GarrettPederson253
    @GarrettPederson253 6 місяців тому +7

    God has a plan for all of us! Ignore the devil

  • @Brandon-jb3rn
    @Brandon-jb3rn 3 роки тому +5528

    I wouldnt trust the devil when it comes to giving out music abilities...dude lost to a boy with a fiddle

  • @dmc414141
    @dmc414141 Рік тому +108

    My ex husband had a poster of him up in our room and all I knew was he was a Blues singer. After watching this I'm amazed at this mans short life. God rest his soul.

    • @primedemarr
      @primedemarr Рік тому +29

      “God rest his soul” Man what? he sold out 💀💀

    • @davislouis8181
      @davislouis8181 Рік тому +1

      Simple music can make you sing simple things can make you happy simple hug can make you feel better, i hope my simple Hello make you smile..

    • @sexymary
      @sexymary Рік тому +3

      Was yo' ex hubby a black man..?

    • @yoyocr2034
      @yoyocr2034 9 місяців тому +3

      Why did you Cheated on your X husband?

    • @cholou9708
      @cholou9708 8 місяців тому +3

      you mean, Devil rest his soul ?? cause he sold his soul 😂

  • @random2307
    @random2307 2 роки тому +46

    He made the guitar his own, he is beautiful and damn talented. I've been playing the guitar for 20 years and I suck. I turned to too much beer, he committed. That's awesome. Sold his soul to the devil? I doubt it

  • @Lefuhq3
    @Lefuhq3 9 місяців тому +1

    Seen this on TV when I was like 13 and I couldn't sleep that night lmao.

  • @gabbylewis9030
    @gabbylewis9030 2 роки тому +4

    Lol reminds me of my cousin. Omg, he had no formal training, just like this man.
    He simply watched his dad play here and there.
    He got interested in it finally and I wanna say middle school, maybe freshman year of highschool, high-school, he was committed to mastering guitar.
    He didn't hang out after school. He didn't work. He went to school, went to church on Sundays and every day, he shut himself up in his room and picked up his guitar. That's ALL he did.
    He managed to get a FULL MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP in college, but could NOT read sheet music.
    The people he'd beat, could read music, they had all this formal training and they'd spent their lives focusing on preparing themselves for the audition they'd do.
    Lol he beat every damn person there and the people he had to audition in front of, were amazed at him already. When they realized that the song he played, was HIS OWN work, and that he remembered it all by ear and couldn't write it on paper for others to play lol.... they liked to have fell out.
    My other cousin has played in Alice Cooper, blue oyster color, and now Ted nugents band.
    I've tried to hook my favorite cousin up with him, cuz I just ran by the world for him.... but he wants nothing to do with playing professionally like that

  • @mjm.3859
    @mjm.3859 10 місяців тому

    I've heard this story for long time. I'm glad you put different perspective on it that makes sense. Thanks. I checked your channel out, you have great content. I'm spending my free day today watching your videos..Linda ❤👍

    • @audioauracle-dsyswpwanl-
      @audioauracle-dsyswpwanl- 9 місяців тому

      I got a interesting video on this Robert Johnson dropping tonight or tomorrow!!! 🙂👍🏾

  • @richardwere4487
    @richardwere4487 3 роки тому +4288

    ''A black man playing the Guitar''....
    Crowd: WIZARD!!!

    • @ken97_
      @ken97_ 3 роки тому +28

      Lmaoooo yo

    • @redhollow9079
      @redhollow9079 3 роки тому +3


    • @Trey_Cole
      @Trey_Cole 3 роки тому +80

      That’s a reach bro. THE BEST GUITARIST EVER TO LIVE WAS A BLACK MAN. Come on now. Ain’t nobody surprised when a black man can play the guitar. You reaching really hard. Honestly. Keep it real

    • @richardwere4487
      @richardwere4487 3 роки тому +152

      @@Trey_Cole There's something called sense of humor, it's not taught in school but given to us for free in life

    • @redhollow9079
      @redhollow9079 3 роки тому +8

      @@Trey_Cole if he actually sold his sold it would be interesting but since he didn’t there’s nothing to learn from it but it’s still interesting

  • @Newman2296
    @Newman2296 Рік тому +679

    He did not sell his soul to any devil. He is just musical genius.

    • @macias7125
      @macias7125 Рік тому +46

      he did sell his soul

    • @fluid6375
      @fluid6375 Рік тому +25

      @@macias7125 how do u know?

    • @datruth3234
      @datruth3234 Рік тому +4

      He did I’m from that way he did that shit

    • @erlyn5129
      @erlyn5129 Рік тому

      Tell ur father

    • @Newman2296
      @Newman2296 Рік тому +3

      @@erlyn5129 Your mama

  • @DegenerateNerd
    @DegenerateNerd Рік тому +60

    This is actually a common thing in lore dating back centuries. Meeting the devil at a crossroads and offering your soul in exchange for something, there's many tales that follow along that premise. It makes for interesting legends. The real story is Robert practiced his butt off on the guitar and became great at it. Hard work and practice.

    • @estherlalramsangi8408
      @estherlalramsangi8408 Рік тому

      I don’t understand. Exactly how do people sell souls? How do they meet with the devil?

    • @devilface97
      @devilface97 8 місяців тому +7

      ​@@estherlalramsangi8408they dont

    • @peterburton3095
      @peterburton3095 4 місяці тому

      ​@@estherlalramsangi8408watch sold their soul for rock and roll by good fight ministries.

    • @raphaelrager8672
      @raphaelrager8672 3 місяці тому +2

      I know I’m late but when they say sell your soul, it really means giving your morals away to gain the whole world and fame.

    • @user-vf7dx9wf2r
      @user-vf7dx9wf2r 2 місяці тому

      @@estherlalramsangi8408 most people think its you sell your soul to the devil then you become rich and famous and die at a young age, its all fake. selling your soul used to mean giving up your morals to gain money and fame, so basically getting money and fame even if its in ways that goes against your morals.

  • @Miltypooh2001
    @Miltypooh2001 8 місяців тому +16

    I think its quite fascinating that he actually learned by himself by just looking at other musicians then in some way used every bit of play style to make it his own, but the fact that people assumed he sold his soul to the devil just to play guitar sounds like something that should be a movie lol

  • @BrettSmithDaniels
    @BrettSmithDaniels Рік тому +14

    As a kid, I wanted to be a blues man… be careful what you wish for, I’m now a full time musician with Complex PTSD… it’s given me the husky blues voice I’ve always wanted - but it’s ruined my life 😆

    • @Timothylloydblues
      @Timothylloydblues Рік тому +3

      💯 I know this all too well as a singer-songwriter myself

  • @MisterBones223
    @MisterBones223 Місяць тому +1

    This video perfectly describes the saying, "The majesty is in the mystery."
    The less we seem to know about him, the more interesting he becomes.
    Unanswered questions are what drive people to obsession

  • @MsTinkerbelle87
    @MsTinkerbelle87 2 роки тому +12714

    Imagine having so much talent people think it must be paranormal…the guy taught himself by watching and listening to others and that in itself is admirable.

  • @tcmurray1661
    @tcmurray1661 2 роки тому +3

    This is a hell of a way. To become a great. Guitar player.
    Sell your soul. For a dream.

  • @robertalecander2673
    @robertalecander2673 Рік тому +10

    He took his passion and made it happen

  • @momolol3724
    @momolol3724 4 місяці тому +1

    This is the urban legend of music.

  • @jaivonsimpson7805
    @jaivonsimpson7805 2 роки тому +3

    Crazy how I went to school with this kid , Knight Road elementary... but he was a child who wanted to play the guitar every time when we went to music class ...

  • @dlo2timez
    @dlo2timez 11 місяців тому +3

    My Ancestor💯💪🏾👹

  • @Badliquor
    @Badliquor 3 роки тому +2621

    Me: searches how to learn the guitar fast
    Google: pick the right guitar. Learn your strings. Stay consistent and practice alot

    • @bironjames9948
      @bironjames9948 3 роки тому +15


    • @Kareem_Benjamn.
      @Kareem_Benjamn. 3 роки тому +10


    • @Ah_Yote
      @Ah_Yote 2 роки тому +21

      Sell your soul💀💀

    • @howiseeit5326
      @howiseeit5326 2 роки тому +26

      @Marco Tonta have you uploaded anything ? Would love to see what mastering the guitar in 3 weeks looks like. You must be a prodigy.

    • @zynel413
      @zynel413 2 роки тому +8

      @Marco Tonta Go on then, gifted child :) show us some of those guitar skills in a video would you, or maybe you should put some more of you're talent and skill into punctuating your sentences.

  • @canine6855
    @canine6855 Рік тому +21

    Sounds like everything that happened to him made him put his heart and soul into music which made him legendary. Imagine the only person you ever loved dead.... you would be turned into a different person for sure

  • @buddylhirondelle5377
    @buddylhirondelle5377 Рік тому +8

    Love this . A legend

  • @tristanmorris2417
    @tristanmorris2417 8 місяців тому

    “He was so good, when he finished all our mouths were standing open” poor choice of words😂

  • @nujaz
    @nujaz 2 роки тому +6

    Richard Penniman AKA Little Richard was a man I knew since the 80s… I often heard him speak of individuals making such, so-called…, deals in exchange for talent and fame. He said that there was a house in Hollywood notorious for such activities going back as far as the 50s. He said that some entertainers were obviously lacking in talent, yet they seemed to be famous nonetheless…. He believed they had “help”. Richard survived a lot and died a God fearing Christian. He had a heart of gold.

    • @ysh9912
      @ysh9912 19 днів тому

      Yo!! Tutti frutti was amazing.

    • @YourGoodness
      @YourGoodness 14 днів тому

      Rest in peace to your friend 😢

  • @Babydusstown01
    @Babydusstown01 11 місяців тому

    “You can be a king or a street swiper but in the end everybody gotta dance with the grim reaper” that quote remind of his case💯

  • @Karmel_Rust
    @Karmel_Rust 3 роки тому +6116

    People like nah he didn’t sell his soul
    Robert: sings about selling his soul

    • @anomaly6382
      @anomaly6382 3 роки тому +529

      The saddest thing about this pathetic world...bc artists of today, STILL do this and ppl STILL say that smh

    • @abc4giu670
      @abc4giu670 3 роки тому +66

      Wanna make a deal

    • @solus2074
      @solus2074 3 роки тому +422

      He probably made that song just to troll people lmao

    • @miracraigfan1738
      @miracraigfan1738 3 роки тому +319

      Not all u make in artistry is based in personal opinion,experience etc sometimes your just a storyteller. Selling your soul to the devil is probably a metaphor....like giving into alcohol or whatever society/gospel deems a blasphemy/immoral...

    • @Karmel_Rust
      @Karmel_Rust 3 роки тому +87

      @@miracraigfan1738 no

  • @AidenAdjei
    @AidenAdjei Рік тому +1

    I hope everyone stays blessed amen🙏

  • @bunsenn5064
    @bunsenn5064 2 роки тому +103

    A shame that people use the “soul-selling” story for a lot of these things, which unintentionally discredits the success of an artist. The dude had a rough raising, found a knack at the guitar, kept at it and got up there. He may have found some knowledge about learning the guitar at some point along the way, or found a good teacher, we may never know. And if the syphilis theory is correct, it wouldn’t be too unexpected. The King of Ragtime himself, Scott Joplin, died the same way.

    • @coppercat7049
      @coppercat7049 2 роки тому +9

      He said he did plus the Devil runs World the world right now as lord is testing has people to see who is willing to walk with santan but his time is almost up and hes talking a lot of people down with him you have to be willing to sin and do wicked things if you want to be successful in this world thats just how it is

    • @msmichelle2196
      @msmichelle2196 Рік тому +1

      @@coppercat7049 Amen...

    • @interstellar896
      @interstellar896 Рік тому +1

      @@coppercat7049 Shut up. would you stop making everything religious, literally no point, your not convincing anyone of anything. Keep your beliefs to yourself

    • @samuelargyropoulos1249
      @samuelargyropoulos1249 Рік тому +16

      Insane the amount of people that still believe in that shit today just because he mentioned the devil in his music

    • @RandomGenX
      @RandomGenX Рік тому

      Funny how people don't believe there's more to this earth and but yet CERN could potentially open a portal to different dimensions..lol So if something crazy like multiple dimensions could exist why not evil spirits or whatever you wanna call them. The fact is no one really knows but to dismiss it is foolish and very narcissistic. Just because you don't believe doesn't mean it's not real. Look up the interview with plenty of artist who all said they have sold their souls to the devil..

  • @KevinThompson-vf2tn
    @KevinThompson-vf2tn 5 місяців тому

    Despite the conspiracies, give this man a 🍺 beer because he can play🔥🔥🔥

  • @hi-tych
    @hi-tych Рік тому +3

    I remember they made a episode about him on supernatural. Good stuff here.

  • @MrWood-qd6kr
    @MrWood-qd6kr 8 місяців тому +28

    Amazing how obvious something can be and people will STILL deny it. Dude LITERALLY wrote and sang songs about his relationship with the devil.

    • @Remainsolid4E
      @Remainsolid4E 4 місяці тому +4

      He was a black man from Mississippi they used (sold his soul) as a way to put him down i never heard about Elvis selling his soul even through a black man wrote his music sound right

    • @ItzJayCraft
      @ItzJayCraft Місяць тому +3

      Nah your just delusional it doesn’t exist man 😭💀
      It’s just a way of saying people don’t deserve where they are 🤷🏾‍♂️

  • @TheManChise
    @TheManChise 4 роки тому +3247

    The 😈 went down to Georgia..

    • @josephrowe849
      @josephrowe849 4 роки тому +34

      Oh god! Oh god I'm runnin'! WHOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAA-OW!! Runnin' with the The 😈! Yes I am! Yeah!

    • @dirtydan1889
      @dirtydan1889 4 роки тому +20


    • @hunjanjo3213
      @hunjanjo3213 4 роки тому +26

      Guess he was looking for a soul to steal

    • @itz_angelboii9921
      @itz_angelboii9921 4 роки тому +3

      Where did it come from

    • @303slugga8
      @303slugga8 4 роки тому +5

      TheManChise Mississippi*

  • @chvfd687
    @chvfd687 Рік тому +16

    One thing I remember growing up hearing was how the blues was "the devil's music". If so one way of looking at it could be Mr. Johnson delved his heart and soul into the craft of playing the blues therefore in many eyes he did sell his soul to the devil. One thing I find interesting is how no mention of his portrayal in "O brother where art thou" was made. I know this is more a factually based video but still thought that could throw some reference into the mainstream culture about him as well.

  • @mikexxxmilly
    @mikexxxmilly Рік тому +19

    "the devil and god are raging inside of us" Im not religious but I relate the age old tale to an introspective perception of humanity. To me, selling your soul to the devil as a musician could mean sacrificing all of your responsibilities and relationships to focus only on your craft. Its very common and very easy to allow everything around you to suffer when you dive into music as heavily as some of the greats have and will continue to do. Its almost necessary to be honest.

    • @deemedlight3647
      @deemedlight3647 Рік тому +3

      Selling your soul means taking it up the blowhole and then losing your mind, will, and emotions which is your soul. Your mind your ability to think and ration which will be lost, your will, your ability to say yes and no and your emotions your ability to feel and empathize all are removed.

    • @One_Legacy
      @One_Legacy 6 місяців тому

      Exactly! Very well written words. You explained the best I've read. 👊💛

  • @completionofcomplex
    @completionofcomplex 8 місяців тому +1

    He's just good at guitar and he learned over time.

  • @joshuah1968
    @joshuah1968 Рік тому +12

    Imagine believing a man that practiced his heart out, sold his soul to the devil because of a few songs he made. He had an unorthodox style of play that took him a long time to learn, hence why he was a poor player. Once you start getting the hang of playing, things just start to click.

  • @user-zd7sn7zf3q
    @user-zd7sn7zf3q 16 днів тому

    Hmmnmmm 😳 thanks sir amazing job GOD bless you all the best 👌👍👌♥️♥️♥️

  • @denverbranson
    @denverbranson 3 роки тому +1546

    Guitar teachers HATE him: see how this man learned to play the blues with one simple trick!! 😈

  • @therealcosta1097
    @therealcosta1097 Рік тому +6

    I like how supernatural used this artist to introduce the crossroads demons 😭😭

  • @catherinehutchinson6099
    @catherinehutchinson6099 Рік тому +8

    Unique musician .. definitely one of a kind

  • @loveinspired7
    @loveinspired7 19 днів тому

    So _THAT'S_ where "Supernatural" got their storyline idea for their _Crossroads Blues_ episode!

  • @youtuber3328
    @youtuber3328 Рік тому

    to be COMPLETELY honest i did do and/or probably will really LOVE robert johnson

  • @GhostfaceBillyLoomis1996
    @GhostfaceBillyLoomis1996 6 місяців тому +1

    If you love what you do you’ll keep going and going until you perfect your skill but also when you come from the bottom all you want is success 🤷🏾‍♂️

  • @solidrockofjesuschristmini2423
    @solidrockofjesuschristmini2423 2 роки тому +2912

    Imagine becoming insanely famous in a short period during a time there was no social media, radio is very limited, television hasn't even taken off, that's impressive

    • @shaqjuice420
      @shaqjuice420 2 роки тому +90

      Its called absolute hard work and dedication. Mad respect

    • @Haydean06
      @Haydean06 2 роки тому +81

      He wasnt very famous at the time. He was discovered by a lot more people during the 50s where people would go to record stores and buy blues records with different artists, and thats how people discovered him.

    • @SharonVeeLee
      @SharonVeeLee 2 роки тому +10

      Well that man let him play into his can with the Soggy Bottom Boys sooo

    • @timmy841212
      @timmy841212 2 роки тому +5

      No one knew who he was outside of predominantly black Mississippi circles until 1962. 😂😂😂

    • @kaykay3458
      @kaykay3458 2 роки тому +5

      Smh, you weren't even paying attention to the story. 😑 Reading youtube comments

  • @oluwatobiloba1847
    @oluwatobiloba1847 Рік тому

    Surely this needs a series

  • @hammadajnr108
    @hammadajnr108 2 роки тому +1

    Dude loved music soo much he didn't mind dying for it

  • @sidneymwangi9696
    @sidneymwangi9696 3 місяці тому +1

    there is nothing like selling your soul... just stories.... practice made him perfect...

  • @dirkmargiela4384
    @dirkmargiela4384 2 роки тому +8

    As Solluminati would say “HE SOLD HIS SOULLLL”

  • @tina8796
    @tina8796 7 місяців тому

    So many multi-talented people were born and or raised in the South. Too many to list on here. I'm proud to be a Southerner.

  • @kevkeisha
    @kevkeisha 2 роки тому +6780

    My Theory...
    Because he had no formal training, he was doing things on the guitar that people did not understand. Fiddling with the guitar in an "unorthodox" way. After obsessive practice, things started to click and eventually became technique. Once he had technique, he could use it in any manner he wanted. Unusual techniques to the people witnessing this would seem incredibly advanced once the playing was attuned to melodies they could understand.

    • @_j_t_p_
      @_j_t_p_ 2 роки тому +252

      Right. I could learn to play his sings in a couple days. They aren't difficult in a physical sense, just incomparable for his time. Just like a Hendrix. Then people carry the lore on and add too it... Eventually he's one of the "greatest guitar players ever", even though there's some black metal guy in a basement that could play their songs with his ass

    • @Aliens2030
      @Aliens2030 2 роки тому +56

      Ask Bob Dylan about making a deal with the devil

    • @kevinrichard5468
      @kevinrichard5468 2 роки тому +7

      Good point

    • @johnpierce2095
      @johnpierce2095 Рік тому +25

      he was playing in front of other blues guitarist so they knew if he was good or not

    • @poindextertunes
      @poindextertunes Рік тому +7

      im thinking that and a fair amount of drugs involved

  • @LivinMyJeffLife
    @LivinMyJeffLife Рік тому +1

    This guy must be the inspiration for the character "Tommy" in "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?"

  • @veggiesaremurder
    @veggiesaremurder 2 роки тому +3

    This is a classic story in blues music, but I didn't know it was based on anyone in particular.

  • @Robert-lg2bl
    @Robert-lg2bl 11 місяців тому +2

    Awesome video!!

  • @arkhamj8181
    @arkhamj8181 Рік тому

    Few, less than a minute in and it was worth it. God damn.

  • @SoLoonatic08
    @SoLoonatic08 Місяць тому +1

    When people think you sold your soul to the devil for playing so good is the musician equivalent of being called a hacker. A fine compliment tbh

  • @Fcmifix
    @Fcmifix 3 роки тому +3572

    Remeber the devil used to be a musical angel in heaven so ofc he knows all about music and would try to take over the music industry

    • @hitsonly9773
      @hitsonly9773 3 роки тому +127


    • @angelaperdomo4835
      @angelaperdomo4835 3 роки тому +204

      He has taken over🙄

    • @DemirAhmetov
      @DemirAhmetov 3 роки тому +53

      Devil wasn’t an angel, he was a different creation from angels. Known as Jinn

    • @hitsonly9773
      @hitsonly9773 3 роки тому +266

      @@DemirAhmetov you bugging and obviously know nothing 😂

    • @spazzout1k350
      @spazzout1k350 3 роки тому +45

      @@DemirAhmetov he was cuh💀

  • @SHDW-nf2ki
    @SHDW-nf2ki Рік тому +1

    He achieved mastery of the guitar and having nothing left to live for he simply slipped into the afterlife contented

  • @kobedabest
    @kobedabest 9 місяців тому

    Give the man his flowers, he worked hard and blossom. Ain't no 👹 involved.

  • @frankrizzo6404
    @frankrizzo6404 Рік тому +1

    Proof music is a miracle.

  • @curtiscarpenter9881
    @curtiscarpenter9881 8 місяців тому +1

    This reminds me of so many oprahs, the ghost rider, even a violinist who produced a sympany so conplexed it cant be repeated even today. Yet they do say god acts in mysterious way for his own reasons too.

  • @indywashere
    @indywashere 4 роки тому +3521

    Theory: he didn't sell his soul. But all the devil talk in his songs in particular is a metaphor about drugs. Maybe he smoked a bunch of pot (bad in that day) and practiced over that 2 year period and got that good.
    And his songs are just about how drugs took over his life or some shit.
    Sorry im high
    Edit: obligatory edit about how I've never had this many likes

    • @shagstars
      @shagstars 4 роки тому +119

      It wasn't seen bad at that time. That was 10 years after his death. I mean there was even medicine at that time with pot in it. I think it was a heroin type of substance he used.

    • @lad1860
      @lad1860 4 роки тому +68

      Don't apologize my man. It's good to enjoy yourself while you're alive

    • @tasteless7795
      @tasteless7795 4 роки тому +10

      Acoustic Boi yeeeeaaaaa bruuhhhaaa hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha hang loose brotherrr 🤙🏻🤙🏻🤙🏻🤙🏻🤙🏻

    • @oceanman5657
      @oceanman5657 4 роки тому +16

      Bruh .We have the same profile pic

    • @indywashere
      @indywashere 4 роки тому +10

      @@oceanman5657 ayy

  • @mikecrystalrobert7898
    @mikecrystalrobert7898 Рік тому +1

    He could play like nobody else

  • @MahenS_R
    @MahenS_R 2 роки тому +4

    I don know why but the second I saw this video, the first thing that came to mind was Solluminati and his song Soul.

  • @skoomalegend1
    @skoomalegend1 6 місяців тому +41

    He didn't sell his soul. He gave his music for anyone that gets the blues. Hard times, and life experience. Didn't sell himself to anyone. Spoke his mind.