Currently a copy of Tommy Johnson's "Alcohol And Jake Blues" b/w "Riding' Horse" (Paramount) is on offer on eBay™. With a bit over twenty-four hours left the bidding stands at $16,800. I'd kinda reckon owning this particular 78 is more for the sake of cultural archaeology; a "to be kept in a vault" kinda thing as there are, perhaps, only three known copies of this delta blues record. Also, considering how fragile 78s can be, I'd be afraid to handle the godamn thing.
For having such a small recorded catalog Johnson's weight is HUGE. His style of playing was the basis of other bluesmen/songsters, like folks as revered as Robert Johnson; he was dynamic, clever, had a flittering falsetto, and could put on a show. The band Canned Heat was named after a Johnson lyric and Howlin' Wolf's "I Asked for Water (She Brought Me Gasoline)" was based on Johnson's "Cool Drink Of Water Blues" Oh, the bluesman/songster in the old time film O Brother, Where Art Thou? was, as a nod, named Tommy Johnson. Oh, and it's Tommy Johnson's story about selling his soul to the devil at the crossroads which Robert Johnson is now known for.