“Mississippi” John Smith Hurt
(March 3, 1892 - November 2, 1966)
Born in Carroll county and raised in Avalon, he began playing the guitar at age nine, performing for parties and dances throughout his youth. He recorded “Frankie” for Okeh in 1928 which sold moderately well. The company went out of business during the Great Depression of the 1930s and Hurt returned to farming until his 'rediscovery' in the 1960s folk revival. He recorded again and performed extensively, even appearing on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Hurt influenced players across many genres and his soft spoken nature endeared him to all. His melodious, upbeat music was more reminiscent of Piedmont and Texas songsters than the hard Delta blues of his home state. His music cast such a long shadow that no repertoire is complete without including at least one John Hurt song. He passed away from a heart attack in 1966, but his legacy lives on.
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