The Crossroads

Yesterday, NPR’s All Things Considered had a fascinating segment about two seminal recordings which happened 75 years ago (yesterday). November 23rd, 1936 earned a place in the history books when Robert Johnson recorded 8 songs, including “Cross Road Blues” in Texas, and across the Atlantic, Pablo Casals recorded two of Bach’s cello suites in London. Casals went on to become world famous, and Johnson more or less disappeared. He died young, of poisoning, and wasn’t widely recognized until his work was reissued in the ’60s.

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