It's not breaking news that the Voyager 1 Probe left our solar system in September, but I was reminded via Mojo that a copy of Blind Willie Johnson's haunting "Dark Was the Night" was included on the famed "golden record." YEAH!!
Cut in 1927 and featuring the late godfearing Texan’s transcendant moaning and bottleneck slide guitar playing, this wordless piece is, of course, one of the tunes included on the Voyager Golden Record, the gold-plated copper LP launched into space on the Voyager 1 and 2 probes back in 1977.
Johnson was a preacher and a busker who recorded thirty seminal folk blues sides. He died in 1945 from pneumonia, after continuing to live in what was left of his home after it had been destroyed by fire. We should really thank Carl Sagan for including the Johnson track along with some Javanese music, Chuck Berry's "Johnny B Goode," and a bit of Stravinsky and Beethoven. Nice one, Carl Sagan! I can't imagine what songs would be included if they were chosen today.