The Lady who owns the photo was with Robert when the photo was taken. She has a book coming out - and this new photo is on the front cover. It seems like several pictures were taken at the photo booth - and she got this one - and always kept it. She was much younger than RJ (under 10yrs old). She was technically no relation to RJ but a half sister to RJ's half sister, all living in the same "family group" in Memphis (where the photos were taken). I think perhaps because he died when she was young she decided to always keep the photo of her "brother". I have no doubt it is him. He looks a nice, happy guy, with a slight mischievious smile (with his right eyebrow raised). With his head tilted, and the guitar and a v different angle, he and the guitar do look fairly different but I think it's within the normal range of outcomes you get with shifting around in front of a camera.
Apparently, she lived a respectable live when she was older, responsible job etc, and lived in Boston. When Muddy Waters was playing a big gig there, she went back-stage to meet Muddy and showed him and his band members her photo album - to show Muddy pics of RJ she had. Band members remember (to this day) seeing these photos (and this event has been rumoured/talked about for years). There doesn't seem to be any hint that Muddy didn't think these photos were of RJ. Muddy apparently only saw RJ once or twice as a young man though - and was too in awe of RJ's skills to go and speak to him - but he was obviously inspired by his music/songs.
I was never totally convinced that the first dime stored photo (with cigarette) was the same guy as the studio portrait RJ with a Gibson L1 guitar. Now I see his smile and teeth in this new photo, I am also convinced that they are all of the same person.
And, we've still to see the photo of RJ with his cousin, from the same studio photo shoot as the Gibson L1 photo. Apparently, that photo, that came from Mack McCormack's Estate, has been seen by a few people in the last year or two.
Nice to see a genuine photo for once !
And yes, of course, the music is the most important thing !
Would be nice to see a pic of RJ and his pal Willie Brown though ?
Just read a post about some guy who was hanging out backstage with Muddy Waters when the lady came in and introduced herself to muddy. She then produced this very pic, and Muddy jumped up shouting "that's him, that's him!". Obvs this is just a story, but it was told convincingly. Yeah, lockdown is sending me batty... TT