The name of our shop is taken from “Love in Vain” a 1937 blues song written by Robert Johnson. The song is noted for its sad lyrics, tone, and style. In the 1991 documentary film The Search for Robert Johnson, John P. Hammond plays Robert’s recording of “Love in Vain” for the elderly Willie Mae Powell, the woman for whom it was supposedly written. Johnson moans “Oh, Willie Mae” twice before the last refrain.
In 2011 the song was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame of the Blues Foundation.
If you’ve never heard it before or you’ve only ever heard the cover by The Rolling Stones watch the video.