Blind Willie Johnson – Dark was the night… – YouTube

This performance is just about as deep as they come, mixing the blues with gospel music in a very unique and thoroughly expressive style – every time I hear it I get the chills. In fact, this song was chosen by Carl Sagan to be included among the 27 songs and other sound recordings sent on the Voyager spacecraft in 1977 (on an LP made out of gold, apparently).

One tiny frustration with this video is that the featured photo that appears at c.1:30 (see above) is a well known photo of Blind Willie McTell, not Johnson.

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