John Hammond

Record Producer

1910 – 1987

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Who was John Hammond?

John Henry Hammond II was an American record producer, Civil Rights activist and music critic from the 1930s to the early 1980s. In his service as a talent scout, Hammond became one of the most influential figures in 20th century popular music.

Hammond was instrumental in sparking or furthering numerous musical careers, including those of Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Benny Goodman, Charlie Christian, Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Teddy Wilson, Big Joe Turner, Pete Seeger, Babatunde Olatunji, Aretha Franklin, George Benson, Freddie Green, Leonard Cohen, Arthur Russell, Asha Puthli and Stevie Ray Vaughan. He is also largely responsible for the revival of delta blues artist Robert Johnson's music.

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Born
Dec 15, 1910
New York City
Also known as
  • Hammond, John H.
  • John Henry Hammond II
  • John Henry Hammond
  • John A. Hammond
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Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Yale University
  • The Hotchkiss School
Lived in
  • New York City
Died
Jul 10, 1987

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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