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Johnson's shadowy and poorly documented life and death at age 27 have given rise to much legend, including the Faustian myth that he sold his soul to the devil at a crossroads to achieve success.As an itinerant performer who played mostly on street corners, in juke joints, and at Saturday night dances, Johnson had little commercial success or public recognition in his lifetime.Robert Leroy Johnson (May 8, 1911 – August 16, 1938) was an American blues singer-songwriter and musician.His landmark recordings in 19 display a combination of singing, guitar skills, and songwriting talent that has influenced later generations of musicians.Julia's new husband, known as Dusty Willis, was 24 years her junior.

It was only after the reissue of his recordings in 1961, on the LP King of the Delta Blues Singers, that his work reached a wider audience.Johnson is now recognized as a master of the blues, particularly of the Mississippi Delta blues style.