Extraordinary Stories of Ordinary Life
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A Guitar, A Cello, and The Day That Changed Music

November 23, 1936, was a good day for recorded music. Two men – an ocean apart – sat before a microphone and began to play. One was a cello prodigy who had performed for the Queen of Spain; the other played guitar and was a regular in the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta. 85 years ago, Pablo Casals and Robert Johnson both made recordings that would change music history.

 

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