Charley Patton was the grandaddy of the Delta blues musicians, according to Jack White: "He's the one that all the other blues musicians looked up to. He's almost the beginning of the family tree." Courtesy of the Revenant Archives hide caption

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A levee on the Mississippi River in Louisiana during the Great Flood of 1927. Hulton Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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One of the two known photos of Robert Johnson. This portrait was taken by the Hooks Bros. Photography Company in Memphis, Tenn., circa 1935. Courtesy of the Delta Haze Corporation hide caption

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