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Mississippi John Hurt , born John Smith Hurt on March 8, 1892 in Teoc, Mississippi and died on November 2, 1966 in Avalon, Mississippi, is a blues singer and guitarist. American folk. His music is a subtle mix of blues, country, bluegrass, folk and rock 'n' roll. His style is characterized by his refined guitar playing and his soft voice.
At the age of 2, he and his family moved to Avalon, a small Mississippi town. Since he spends most of his life in this southern state, he is nicknamed "Mississippi" John Hurt. He studied guitar alone at the age of 9 and left school in 1902 to work in the cotton fields. Occasionally he plays in balls and parties. Her idol is Jimmie Rodgers, a country star. Soon he developed his own style with a technique of pinching three-fingered strings, a technique later taken up by Bob Dylan. His career began in 1928 when he was discovered by Okeh Records in Avalon. That year, he recorded his first blues titles in Memphis, Tennessee, including Frankie and Nobody's Dirty Business, who released in 78 tours at Okeh Records.
Tommy Rockwell then brings him to New York to record new songs ("Candy Man", "Stack O Lee Blues"). There he meets Lonnie Johnson. The name of Mississippi John Hurt plunges into oblivion to come out in 1963 when, rediscovered by a musicologist, he records new titles in Washington. He then performed at the Newport Folk Festival, and then at the Philadelphia Folk Festival. He died of a heart attack on November 2, 1966 in Grenada, Mississippi.