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John Hartford. 1937-2001

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June 4, 2001: Banjo player John Hartford, 63, died Monday after a bout with cancer. The New York native was raised in St. Louis whwere he listedned to country radio and became enamored with Flatt & Scruggs. He learned how to play guitar, guitar, mandolin and fiddle. In the early 1960's, Hartford played with bluegrass bands in Missouri and Illinois. He later headed to California and became a writer and performer on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and the Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour. Hartford moved back to Nashville about 1970 and recorded "Aereo Plain" for Warner Brothers in 1971. His "Mark Twang" (Flying Fish 1976) won a Grammy for beset ethnic or traditional recording. Hartford continued recording for labels including Flying Fish and Rounder.
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