This celebration is an annual SABS November event, paying tribute to one of the founding fathers of blues music. We celebrate the recordings Robert Johnson did here in San Antonio back in 1936 at the historical Sheraton-Gunter Hotel, including “Sweet Home Chicago”, “Cross Road Blues”, and “Ramblin’ on My Mind”. Robert Johnson has been inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. Twice.
The Events in 1936:
Robert Johnson records for Don Law at The Gunter Hotel in late November, 1936. Don Law is a Producer for the American Record Corporation, the predecessor to Columbia Records. Recordings took place over three days; November 23, 26, and 27. Two rooms were used; rooms 413 and 414. Robert was in one of the rooms with the microphone running over to the next room where Don Law's team was with the recording equipment. The Sheraton-Gunther hotel has a suite designated as the Robert Johnson room. The hotel constructed a beautiful display in the lobby commemorating the recordings. Through the efforts of the San Antoio Blues Society and endorsed by the Robert Johnson Blues Society, the Robert Johnson Historical Marker was placed in the lobby.
The sixteen songs recorded by Robert Johnson at the Gunter Hotel, November 1936:
Kind Hearted Woman Blues, (I Believe I'll) Dust My Broom, Sweet Home Chicago, Rambling on My Mind, When You Got a Good Friend, Come on in My Kitchen, Terraplane Blues, Phonograph Blues, 32-20 Blues, They're Red Hot, Dead Shrimp Blues, Cross Road Blues, Walking Blues, Last Fair Deal Gone Down, Preaching Blues, If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day.