Personalities | Robert Lockwood Jr. | Sixties | Jazz & Blues

(Guitar, harmonica, vocals, 1915–2006)

Lockwood is thought to be the only musician given lessons by Robert Johnson, who was infatuated with Lockwood’s mother. But Lockwood, who was raised in Helena, Arkansas, also assimilated jazz chords and swinging rhythms to become one of the most sophisticated guitarists to emerge from the Delta. After decades as a sideman and songwriter, Lockwood resided in Cleveland, Ohio, where until his death in 2006 he led a big band, and travelled the world playing solo in Johnson’s style.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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