Dark Was the Night: Blind Willie Johnson's Journey to the Stars

Gary Golio (Author) E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)
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The poignant story of Blind Willie Johnson—the legendary Texas musician whose song "Dark Was the Night" was included on the Voyager I space probe's Golden Record.

Willie Johnson was born in 1897, and from the beginning he loved to sing—and play his cigar box guitar. But his childhood was interrupted when he lost his mother and his sight. How does a blind boy make his way in the world? Fortunately for Willie, the music saved him and brought him back into the light. His powerful voice, combined with the wailing of his slide guitar, moved people. Willie made a name for himself performing on street corners all over Texas. And one day he hit it big when he got a record deal and his songs were played on the radio. Then in 1977, his song—"Dark Was the Night"—was chosen to light up the darkness when it was launched into space on the Voyager I space probe's famous Golden Record. His immortal song was selected for the way it expresses the loneliness humans all feel, while reminding us we're not alone.

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SKU 142538
ISBN 9781524738884
Language English
Lexile ® Measure AD1010L
Guided Reading Level O
Page Count 32
Product Type Hardcover Books
Book Type Picture Books
Additional Contributor E. B. Lewis
Primary Contributor Gary Golio
Age Groups Ages 4 to 6, Ages 7 to 9
Publisher Nancy Paulsen Books