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Robert Lockwood, Jr.

For a lot of people, the Mississippi Delta is virtually synonymous with the blues. Robert Lockwood, Jr. is part of the generation that put the Delta on America's musical map. Stepson of the Delta's most famous early star, Robert Johnson, Lockwood cut his first records in the 1930s, then teamed up with harmonica king Sonny Boy Williamson on the King Biscuit Show, a daily radio program that blanketed the Delta and introduced a new, electric sound that today is, somewhat paradoxically, called "Chicago blues."
       Lockwood went on to play jazz and pop music, but returned to the blues in the 1960s and has been playing it ever since. These days, he can usually be heard fronting a crack electric band, most of whose players are young enough to be his grandchildren, but he can also play acoustic blues that he learned from Johnson as a teenager, and he reigns over the annual King Biscuit Blues Festival, held in West Helena, Arkansas, home of the radio show that started it all.

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        A bio from The Blue Flame Cafe!, an interactive encyclopedia of the great blues singers and singers of the blues
"Sweet Home Chicago" performed by Robert Lockwood, Jr. Words and music by Robert Johnson © (1978) 1990, 1991 King of Spades Music. All rights reserved.

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