Robert Lockwood Jr – Photo of The Week!
Robert Lockwood Jr. is a Delta blues guitarist who is known for his tutelage under Robert Johnson. Also, for the skills he showcased upon his iconic twelve-string guitar. With a firm grip on not only the guitar but also the piano, by age of fifteen he is already playing professionally.
Over the years he works and collaborates with the likes of B.B. King, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Little Walter. As well as performing extensively with Sonny Boy Williamson II. He took home his first Grammy Award in 2004 for his performance on Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen: Live in Dallas, which saw him perform with fellow legends Pinetop Perkins, Henry Townsend, and Honeyboy Edwards.
Lockwood starts recording in 1941 with Doc Clayton on his famous Bluebird Sessions in Aurora, Illinois. Among the four singles made were “Take a Little Walk With Me” and “Little Boy Blue”. Later that year, Lockwood returns to Helena, Arkansas, where he hosts a popular live radio broadcast on station KFFA, sponsored by the King Biscuit Company.
Lockwood performs in all of the major blues centers, including Memphis, Tennessee, and St. Louis, Missouri. And by the early 1950s he’s working as one of the top session artists for Chess Records in Chicago.
About the Picture
It’s a stock photo of him performing in Cleveland circa 2004. The last living person to have played with the legendary Robert Johnson.
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