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Blues Legend Honored Tuesday

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By  Brandon Artiles - bio | email

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The Blues could be heard in the Mississippi Senate Tuesday morning, but it had nothing to do with the budget. 

The blues concerned some good news commemorating one of the Magnolia State's music legends.

If Robert Johnson were alive today, he would have turned 100-years-old.

In recognition of his centennial, a proclamation honoring the Hazlehurst native was presented on the senate floor.

Johnson's family accepted the resolution, which recognized the Delta bluesman's contribution to the arts.

Like several music legends after him, Johnson died young.

His death at the age of 27 in 1938 was said to be mysterious.

While he died seven decades ago the impression he left on the music world has endured, according to his grandson Steven Johnson.

"Eric Clapton says that Robert Johnson made the biggest impact on his music career," Johnson said.  

Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Bonnie Raitt and John Mayer have also credited Johnson with a significant influence on their music styles. Mayer won a Grammy for his cover of one of Johnson's most well-known works, "The Crossroad".

"I mean this is one of the most important days for my family," Steven Johnson said. "To know that the state and the world is acknowledging my grandfather like this. He made a great impact on the music world.  

Steven Johnson said the family will announce details March 18th on a tour commemorating Robert Johnson's legacy. 

It will be a blues review that will start in central Mississippi and go through Chicago.

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