The History of Bar 414 & the Sheraton Gunter Hotel

The history behind our name harkens back to the early 1900’s Delta Blue’s King Robert Johnson. On November 23, 1936, in room 414 of the then Gunter Hotel in San Antonio, Brunswick Records set up a temporary recording studio.  In the ensuing three-day session, Robert Johnson played 16 selections, and recorded alternate takes for most of these. Robert Johnson reportedly performed facing the wall, which has been cited as evidence he was a shy man and reserved performer.

In the decades after his death, he has become known as the King of the Delta Blues Singers, his music expanding in influence to the point that rock stars of the greatest magnitude – the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, the Allman Brothers – all sing his praise and have recorded his songs.

Johnson recorded 29 songs between 1936 and ‘37 for the American Record Corporation, which released eleven 78rpm records on their Vocalion label during Johnson’s lifetime, and one after his death.

Most of these tunes have attained canonical status, and are now considered enduring anthems of the genre: “Cross Road Blues,” “Love In Vain,” “Hellhound On My Trail,” “I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom,” “Walking Blues,” & “Sweet Home Chicago.”

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