39 years ago today, on August 16, 1977, Elvis “left the building” for the final time. The death of the “king of rock n’ roll” came as a shock to most people and that summer day in 1977 still lives as one of the most infamous in rock history. That date was also the 39th anniversary of the passing of another American music legend. On August 16, 1938 blues man Robert Johnson died under very mysterious circumstances at the age of 27.
Although Johnson was never quite as famous as Presley became, his Delta Blues influence would ripple though the decades. Both of these legends were from the state of Mississippi, fertile ground for American roots music.