BLUES MUSIC: Were Robert Johnson’s Original 78 RPM Recordings Sped Up?

Robert Johnson King of the Delta Blues

Writing the liner notes for the Columbia/Legacy single-CD anthology Robert Johnson: King of the Delta Blueswas a great pleasure, since I’ve loved and admired Johnson’s music since the 1960s. I’ve listened to Robert Johnson so much – along with his contemporaries Son House, Willie Brown, and others – that this music feels ingrained on my soul.

Recently my friend and fellow blogger, JP at, asked me to weigh in on the controversial theory that Robert Johnson’s 78s were sped up during the recording or mastering process. I don’t believe they are sped up.


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