History's HEROES? Dated 1897 - 1945

Willie Blind Johnson

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Yann N


Independence, Texas
He was Born in Independence


  • 30 single for Colombia records


  • Good or moral (strong beliefs or principles)
  • Inspiring / Charismatic
  • Wise
  • Kind and compassionate
  • Just and fair minded

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Blind Willie Johnson-Wikipédia


"Blind Willie Johnson is now a bottle in the sea literally at 20 billion kilometers from the earth, where the night is dark." - Bruce Benamran

The caricature of a bluesman

Willie Johnson is a blind bluesman who after the legend can play on his guitar as well with a bottle nec or with a knife

When he was five years, he would be a bluesman. He fashioned his own guitar with a box of cigars for winning pieces in the street. At 7 years, his stepmother threw him bleach in his eyes, blinding him for ever. He will remain poor all his life, playing guitar on the street. Between 1927 and 1930 he recorded thirty albums for Colombia records. He died in 1945 due to malaria. Among his songs, there is one more interesting, '' Dark Was the Night Cold Was the ground '' that this title is a record of two gold discs placed in the probes Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 (voyager 1 which is more than 20 billion kilometers from the earth)This is a bottle into the sea in the vastness of space where the night is dark.

Life in Willie Blind Johnson's world

He lived in America, where black people were still very unpopular

Was Willie Blind Johnson a Hero?

  • He is a model in the musique world
  • He lived only for his passion
  • it is now somehow immortal

Things you might not know about Willie Blind Johnson

One day his house burns. Not knowing where to go he decided to stay in the ruins of his house. This is where he contracted malaria. His wife then took him to the hospital, but he was not received because he was blind. But maybe because he was black too.
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