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RJBF Launches Podcast Series and Campaign To Reissue Robert Johnson Postage Stamp

In 1994, Robert Johnson was featured on a United States commemorative postage stamp, one of the highest honors that can be given to a U.S. citizen. In our first of what will be a series of Robert Johnson podcasts, the Robert Johnson Blues Foundation’s Global VP of Marketing & Media, Ben Minnifield, interviewed the following guests to discuss Robert Johnson’s legacy, the significance of his postage stamp, and an opportunity to reissue his stamp as part of an effort to teach younger generations about the King of the Delta Blues.

GUESTS:
Roy Betts – U.S. Postal Service Manager of Community Relations
Dr. Tanya Scott – RJBF Global VP of Business Development
Dr. Bruce Conforth – University of Michigan Professor of American Culture and American Roots Music

If you are a Robert Johnson fan, a fan of blues music, or if you appreciate the impact of African Americans on U.S. history, we invite you to send a brief letter to request a reissue of Robert Johnson’s postage stamp. Your letter can simply state that you appreciate Robert Johnson’s music and cultural legacy, and that you believe he deserves to have his postage stamp reissued.

Robert Johnson U.S. Postage Stamp
Please send your letter to the following address:

Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee
c/o Stamp Development
U.S. Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 3300
Washington, DC 20260-3501

Thank you for your support! You can listen to the podcasts below:

Part 1 – Robert Johnson and early history of African Americans being featured on U.S. postage stamps

Part 2 – Robert Johnson’s legacy and the popularity of his U.S. postage stamp

Part 3 – Significance of U.S. postage stamp and bringing Robert Johnson’s music to new generations

Part 4 – Bringing Robert Johnson to new generations and the process for reissuing U.S. postage stamp

Remembering Robert Johnson

On this day 73 years ago, the King of Delta Blues, Robert Johnson died near Greenwood, Mississippi. Robert Johnson is today considered a master of the blues, particularly of the Delta blues style; Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones said in 1990, “You want to know how good the blues can get? Well, this is it.” Today we salute a legend and continue to embrace the legacy of music he left behind.

The Global Impact Of Robert Johnson

To illustrate some of the global interest in Robert Johnson, King of the Delta Blues, you can check out this recent article from Brazil, which includes an interview with Steven Johnson. During the interview, Steven discussed how his grandfather became a master blues artist, and the impact Robert Johnson has had on music. The full article can be translated online from Portuguese to English using Google Translate. Read more at Globo.com.

Robert Johnson: The Man, The Myth, The Music – Video

As we introduce the centennial year festivities for Robert Johnson, The King of The Delta Blues, the Robert Johnson Blues Foundation is proud to introduce the theatrical production of Robert Johnson: The Man, The Myth, The Music starring Vasti Jackson!

The production debuted in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, during Festival South and was produced by the Robert Johnson Blues Foundation and the Hattiesburg Concert Association. The production is a great tool for marketing Mississippi, “The Birthplace of America’s Music” and the unique blues culture created here.

Lastly, the production pays homage to the iconic voice and creativity of Robert Johnson, a young man who was beyond his visionary years.

The Robert Johnson Blues Foundation will introduce the production in the fall at the historic Alamo Theater located on the legendary Farish Street historic district in downtown Jackson, Mississippi.