Nov 17, 2012
By Bob Sheppard
A Pittsburgh record store owner has found what he calls “the holy grail of 78s” in a box of old albums he picked up for 50-dollars.
Jerry Weber says he discovered a copy of the second song ever recorded by Mississippi blues legend Robert Johnson, `I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom,” put to disc two years before Johnson’s mysterious death in 1938 at age 27.
Weber figures it`s worth six-to-12-thousand dollars but says he plans to hang on to it for the time being.
Johnson influenced a generation of rock ‘n’ roll icons, including Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones.
Popular legend has it that he sold his soul to the Devil at a Mississippi Delta crossroads in return for an extraordinary ability to sing and play the blues.