If you have no idea who Giuseppe Tartini is, I won’t blame you, only hardcore violinists are familiar with this name. Born in 1692 Giuseppe was the first known owner of one of the famous Stradivarius violins. Just a few years before his death, Tartini had a weird dream about meeting the devil himself, who played him a piece on the violin. Of course he wrote everything down in the morning, and that’s how we got the Violin Sonata in G minor, also known as “The Devil’s Sonata”. The piece was incredibly complex, nearly unplayable, and everyone who played it completely lost their souls to the devil… Or at least that’s how the story goes.
The King still lives! Or does he? Pretty sure you’re familiar with this man’s story, but let me just do a quick recap for our reptilian friends from another planet. Elvis died under mysterious circumstances (officially, it was a heart attack cause by drug OD) in 1977. But dying isn’t an option, apparently, when you’re the most popular person on the planet, that’s why a lot of people believe Elvis’s death was a conspiracy to cover up aliens or some stuff, and that he’s still living somewhere in Michigan. Great stuff!
Here comes another member of the elite Club 27 – the blues legend Robert Johnson, who died of poisoning in 1938. Johnson really wanted to become an amazing blues guitarist, but he kinda sucked at it. Until one night, he blues’d like no-one ever blues’d before. He literally learned, nay, mastered the guitar overnight! And of course, when asked “how” Johnson said he had met the devil at a crossroad. Allegedly, the big red guy used his uncanny ear to tune the strings of Rob’s guitar, and blessed him with superb talent… in exchange for his soul, naturally. Who knows, maybe that’s how the devil operated back in the day.