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Voodoo and Hoodoo have always been one of the main subjects of black American folklore.
They crop up in the stories of Brer Rabbit and in the “conjure” tales collected by Charles W. Chesnutt around 1900.
But it was blues music that carried the mythos of Voodoo and Hoodoo through the 20th century.
Blues songs are literally saturated with the bluesman’s belief in Hoodoo.
This is why the black Church singled out many blues lyrics as proof that the blues was “the devil’s music.”
The faithful were warned not to listen to the blues and were sternly reprimanded if it was found out they did. Preachers called blues performers tramps, drunkards, and immoral vagabonds
The most famous “Hoodoo bluesman”, however, was Robert Johnson, whose songs“Crossroads Blues” and “Love in Vain” went on to be covered by many famous bands,like Cream and the Rolling Stones.
According to legend, when he started out he was – at best – an average guitar player, performing around the jook joints in the Southern States of American during the 1930s.He then disappeared for a time. On his return, he was transformed.“He was so good!” said fellow bluesman Son House.“When he finished, all our mouths were standing open.”Rumors circulated that Johnson had traded his soul to the Devil at the crossroads in exchangefor guitar expertise. Not only had he suddenly become a brilliant musician.But he had gained extraordinary charisma – to the point that his performancesoften moved a crowd to tears. Not surprisingly, his career took off.
This legend lies at the heart of the blues and the musical forms that came after it,such as rock and rap – it is where the saying “the Devil has all the best tunes” comes from.the full text is here1.Hoodoo Hoodoo - John Lee 'Sonny Boy' Williamson2.Mojoe Blues - Charley Lincoln3.Black Cat Bone Blues - Bobby Leecan and Robert Cooksey4.New Mojo Blues - Barbecue Bob5.Black Cat Bone - Sam 'Lightnin'' Hopkins6.Louisiana Hoo Doo Blues - Ma Rainey7.Low Down Mojo Blues - Blind Lemon Jefferson8.I've Been Tricked - Casey Bill Weldon9.Goofer Dust Swing - Lil Johnson10.The Mojo Blues - Jimmie Gordon11.Somebody Done Hoodooed the Hoodoo Man - Louis Jordan12.Snake Doctor Blues - JD 'Jelly Jaw' Short13.Hoodoo Women - Johnnie Temple14.Aunt Caroline Dyer Blues - Memphis Jug Band15.Jomo Man Blues -Waymon 'Sloopy' Henry16.Root Doctor Blues - Doctor Clayton17.Seven Sisters Blues - JT 'Funny Paper' Smith18.Hoodoo lady - Memphis Minnie19.Two faced Woman - Curley Weaver20.Hoodoo Lady Blues - Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup21.Hoo-Doo Say - The Sly Fox22.A Two-Faced Man - James 'Wee Willie' Wayne
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