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Mississippi John Hurt
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Musician
    (July 3, 1893-November 2, 1966)
    Born in Teoc, Mississippi
    Recorded ‘Stack O’Lee Blues,’ ‘Ain’t No Tellin’,’ ‘Frankie,’ ‘Avalon, My Home Town’ and ‘Morning Monday Blues’
    He dropped out of school at age nine.
    His original 1920s catalog consists of only 13 songs recorded during two recording sessions.
    He was a smoker.
    He had fourteen children.
    He had the same name as the British actorJohn Hurt.
    The Great Depression derailed his musical career.
    His record label, Okeh, went under.
    He spent the next thirty years as a sharecropper and laborer.
    He was rediscovered when a musicologist named Tom Hoskins tracked him down in 1963.
    He had mentioned his hometown, Avalon, in one of his songs, which was how Hoskins was able to find him.
    He resumed his career and played concerts and festivals for three more years until his death.
    He had a gentle acoustic style, in contrast to other blues players.
    Folk singer Tom Paxton wrote a song about him, titled ‘Did You Hear John Hurt?’

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