Personalities | John Hammond Jr. | Sixties | Jazz & Blues
(Guitar, harmonica, vocals, b. 1942)
The son of A&R genius John Hammond, this New York City native left home at the age of 19 to perform professionally. He remains primarily an acoustic player, in the tradition of the classic Delta musicians. Hammond cut a fine series of LPs during 1964–76, encapsulated on 2000’s Best Of The Vanguard Years. He notably joined Mike Bloomfield and Dr. John for Triumvirate (1973). Hammond’s career also got a boost from Wicked Grin (2001), an album of Tom Waits’ songs that introduced him to a new audience.
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