November 26, 2006


OBIT: Robert Lockwood Jr (Daily Telegraph, 27/11/2006)

Robert Lockwood Jr, who died on November 21 aged 91, was one of the last of the Mississippi Delta blues guitarists.

A contemporary of Muddy Waters, Memphis Slim and Johnny Shines, he learned his trade from the genre's founding father and continued playing until shortly before his death.

Robert Lockwood Junior was born on March 27 1915 at Turkey Scratch, Arkansas, a farming hamlet some 25 miles from Helena. His first interest in music was in playing the family harmonium – his father had been a local preacher – but after his parents' divorce he took up the guitar, when he was aged 11.

He received lessons from his mother's on/off live-in boyfriend, Robert Johnson, the most important influence on the Delta style and, according to Eric Clapton, "the most important blues musician who ever lived".

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 26, 2006 10:31 PM
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