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Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi John Hurt’

Died On This Date (October 27, 2011) David Rea / Influential Folk Singer-Songwriter

Posted by themusicsover on October 27, 2011

David Rea
October 26, 1946 – October 27, 2011

Photo by Jack Bawden

David Rea was folk singer, songwriter, and guitarist who, although he was born in Ohio, became a longtime fixture of the Canadian folk scene.  Over a career that spanned four decades, Rea collaborated with the likes of Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Judy Collins, Skip James, Mississippi John Hurt, Tom Rush, and perhaps most famously,  Ian & Sylvia, and Gordon Lightfoot. He can be heard on Lightfoot’s debut album as well as tapes from his early shows.  For Ian & Sylvia, Rea played on So Much For Dreaming, Nashville, and Full Circle.  The duo recorded a handful of Rea’s songs as well.  As a songwriter, Rea’s biggest hit came with Mountain’s “Mississippi Queen” which he co-wrote with Leslie West, Felix Pappalardi, and Corky Laing.  He recorded several respectable albums of his own over the years as well.  As reported by Spinner, 66-year-old David Rea passed away on October 27, 2011.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

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Died On This Date (May 25, 2008) David Gahr / Legendary Rock & Folk Photographer

Posted by themusicsover on May 25, 2010

David Gahr
September 22, 1922 – May 25, 2008

David Gahr was a rock and folk photographer whose pictures are some of the most iconic in music history. Bursting on the scene to document the folk revival of the late ’50s to early ’60s, Gahr captured the true essence of such performers as Joan Baez, Bob Dylan and Mississippi John Hurt, many of which were taken at the Newport Folk Festivals. To fully appreciate the impact Gahr had on contemporary music, one must realize that when he began documenting the folk revival, much of the world’s music fans were just starting to embrace the songwriters who made up the scene. And in many cases, they saw Gahr’s photos of those artists before ever hearing a single note. Other subjects ranged from Bruce Springsteen and Janis Joplin to Ted Nugent and the Dictators. And many many more. After several months battling health issues, David Gahr passed away in his home at the age of 86.

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Died On This Date (November 2, 1966) Mississippi John Hurt / Blues Legend

Posted by themusicsover on November 2, 2009

Mississippi John Hurt
July 3, 1893 (or March 8, 1892) – November 2, 1966

Although he was small in stature, picked the guitar lightly, and sang almost in a whisper, Mississippi John Hurt’s influence on folk and blues was huge.  He learned to play the guitar before he was ten, and by the early 1920s, he had already been playing in front of crowds at local barn dances.  In 1928, and on the recommendation of a friend who had recently won an Okeh Records contract in a talent contest, Hurt was asked to audition for the label.  He was signed that same year and given two recording sessions that produced collection of sides that sadly, never had a chance to develop since Okeh soon went under due to the Great Depression.  Hurt soon retired from the music business and went back to his life as a sharecropper.   Fast forward about 35 years to 1963.  The folk revival was in full swing when music historian, Tom Hoskins heard those old recordings and sought out to find Hurt.  He tracked him down still living in Avalon, Mississippi and convinced him to move to Washington DC and relaunch his music career.  Hurt’s set at the 1964 Newport Folk Festival was that of legend, and he was subsequently signed to legendary folk label, Vanguard Records.  He went on to tour the country and even perform on the Tonight Show With Johnny Carson.  Hurt’s music influenced a new generation of singer-songwriters from blues to country to folk.  Mississippi John Hurt died of a heart attack on November 2, 1966.  In 2001, Morgana Kennedy and the folks at Vanguard records released Avalon Blues: A Tribute to the Music of Mississippi John Hurt.  It contained versions of John Hurt songs by the likes of Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Ben Harper, Beck and John Hiatt.

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