When NASA launched Voyager they included “earthling” content in the event it was ever found – things like scientific data, images, and music.
The music ranged from Bach to Chuck Berry with one of the songs being “Dark Was the Night” by Blind Willie Johnson.
He was 7 years old when his stepmother blinded him by throwing lye in his face. His life ended the way he lived it, penniless and unknown. He was 47 when he died of malaria and syphilis, his body found in a burnt out building wrapped in wet newspaper to cool from the Texas heat.
His music has now left our solar system.