Robert Johnson – 1961 Near Mint 1st Press ‘King of the Delta Blues Singers’ LP with 6-Eye Labels, Promo Stamp

A Near Mint 1961 first pressing of Robert Johnson’s King of the Delta Blues Singers, on Columbia Records with the earliest ‘6-eye” labels, and a Demonstration: Not For Sale stamp on the back.

This album, compiled by producer Frank Driggs, was famously given by producer John Hammond to Bob Dylan, who it influenced deeply–as it did Keith Richards, and many more musicians of the 60’s. The disc, with the first 6-eye labels, is in Near Mint condition and looks as if it’s been played once or twice at most.  The correct heavyweight first pressing cover is in Excellent condition, and has a Demonstration stamp on the back cover, as well as an ownership stamp and sticker from legendary Los Angeles area folk disc jockey John Davis (see below.) The original early 60s Columbia innersleeve is included.

A beautiful copy of an essential blues album.

Beginning in the 1950s, John Davis hosted “Folk Music with John Davis” on KCBH, and later on KPFK, then hosting “Heartfelt Music” along with his wife Deanne Davis on KPFK.  He was an influential folk music programmer from the late 50s until 2016, the year before he died.

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