10 Albums Which Influenced My Musical Taste: Day 8: Robert Johnson: “King Of The Delta Blues Singers.” I have over the years been introduced to a lot of great music from reading about artists I am fans of and simply taking their advice. The name Robert Johnson came up in some of my readings on The Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton. The blues singer who recorded in 1936 and 1937 and died in 1938 at the age of 27 under mysterious circumstances- will always be best known as the blues singer who went to the crossroads and supposedly sold his soul to the devil to gain his great guitar skills. I had Robert Johnson on my list of artists to check out- and one day at a record store in 1980 I came across this album which was released in 1961 and influence Keith and Eric. I snapped it up. It was the first old blues album I bought and well it was fantastic. A decade later The Complete Recordings Of Robert Johnson would be issued and would sell like hotcakes. The CD era was a boom making it easy to find the great blues artists of the past. I also read a number of books and on a couple vacations visited some of the blues sites in the Mississippi Delta area.