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John Hartford Vinyl Record Albums

John Cowan Hartford (December 30, 1937– June 4, 2001) was an American bluegrass composer and musician known for his mastery of the fiddle and banjo, as well as for his witty lyrics and unique vocal style. Hartford performed with a variety of ensembles throughout his career, and is perhaps best known for his solo performances where he would interchange the guitar, banjo, and fiddle from song to song. He also invented his own shuffle tap dance move, and danced on a amplified piece of plywood while he played and sang. John Harford (he would change his name to Hartford later in life at the behest of Chet Atkins) was born on December 30, 1937 in New York City. He spent his childhood in St. Louis, MO where he fell in love with two things, music and the Mississippi River. He recorded more than 30 albums, and was a featured guest on many others, including the Byrds Sweetheart of the Rodeo. He won a Grammy award in 1968 for his song "Gentle on My Mind", after Glen Campbell's cover version became a hit. The notoriety and income that his hit provided allowed Hartford to forge his own path in music, allowing him to break free of the need to record hit after hit to support his career. He won another Grammy in 1976 for his album Mark Twang for Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording. More recently, Hartford performed on the soundtrack for the film, O Brother Where Art Thou? and hosted the live performance of the film's soundtrack at the famous Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN, as seen on the documentary "Down from the Mountain." His voice can be heard in Ken Burns' documentaries Baseball and The Civil War. Hartford was known to draw with both his left & right hands...at the same time. He earned his steamboat pilot license and was an expert at the history of our rivers and boats. John Hartford served as a pilot on the sternwheel steamboat Julia Belle Swain for many years, and the Julia Belle still runs excursions out of La Crosse, Wisconsin in the summer. Hartford grew up in St. Louis listening to stories and songs of the old steamboating days. His musical impulse came from seeing Flatt and Scruggs, the trendsetting bluegrass band made up of former Bluegrass Boys Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, and from the old-time dances that were still being held in the area during his youth in the 1950s. Hartford said often that the first time he heard Earl Scruggs pick the banjo changed his life. He later moved to the West Coast, where he became a regular on the Smothers Brothers television show, and on to Nashville, where he put together a band featuring Vassar Clements, Tut Taylor and Norman Blake that became the cutting edge of a "new traditionalist" movement on the country scene. The album, "Aereo-Plain" and its follow up "Morning Bugle", uniquely blending traditional and contemporary styles, and became what many believe to be his masterpieces. His Grammy-winning "Mark Twang" features Hartford in a solo setting, reminiscent of his live solo performances playing the fiddle, guitar, banjo, and amplified plywood for tapping his feet. During his later years, he came back to the river every summer. "Working as a pilot is a labor of love," he said. "After a while, it becomes a metaphor for a whole lot of things, and I find for some mysterious reason that if I stay in touch with it, things seem to work out all right." Along with his own compositions, Hartford was a voluminous repository of old river songs, calls, and stories. He could spend hours talking about the glory days of steamboating, or demonstrate the lead calls that the river's most famous chronicler took as his name, "Mark Twain" (or "two fathoms"). A virtuoso fiddler and banjo player, Hartford was simultaneously an innovative voice on the country scene and a thrilling reminder of a vanished era. Hartford was also the author of "Steamboat in a Cornfield," a children's book that recounts the true story of the Ohio River Steamboat The Virginia and its somewhat comical beaching in a cornfield. At the time of his death, Hartford was also working on the biography of the blind fiddler Ed Haley. Hartford's album "Wild Hog in the Red Bush" is a collection of Haley's tunes. He was a graduate of John Burroughs School in St. Louis, Missouri, and an honoree of that city's Walk of Fame. Hartford died from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in Nashville, Tennessee.

 

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Artist
Title

Year

Catalog Number

Description

Grade Cover/Record

Price

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LP
Aereo-Plain
John Hartford
Aereo-Plain
1971
K 46136
Warner Brothers Label
VG/VG
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LP
All In The Name Of Love
John Hartford
All In The Name Of Love
1977
044
Flying Fish Record Label; Album cover has minor edge and ring wear; Record appears new; Track listing: All In The Name Of Love; All In The Name Of Love; In Sara's Eyes; Gentle On My Mind; Boogie; Six O'Clock Train And The Girl With Green Eyes; Don't Try To Hide Your Tears From Me; Ten Chord Blues; Dancing In The Bathtub; Deck Hand's Waltz; Also Love You For Your Mind
VG+/NM-
$39.99
LP
''Gentle On My Mind'' And Other Originals By John Hartford
John Hartford
''Gentle On My Mind'' And Other Originals By John Hartford
1968
LSP 4068
RCA Victor Label; Album cover and record appear new; First pressing; Stereo recording; Includes the original inner liner sleeve; Track listing: California Earthquake; Gentle On My Mind; Natural To Be Gone; The Six O'Clock Train And A Girl With Green Eyes; A Simple Thing As Love; Mouth To Mouth Resuscitation; I Would Not Be Here; Front Porch; Untangle Your Mind; Like Unto A Mockingbird; The Tall Tall Grass
NM-/NM-
$99.99
LP
''Gentle On My Mind'' And Other Originals By John Hartford
John Hartford
''Gentle On My Mind'' And Other Originals By John Hartford
1968
LSP 4068
RCA Victor Label; Album cover has minor wear; Record has minor scuffs; First pressing; Stereo recording; Includes the original inner liner sleeve; Track listing: California Earthquake; Gentle On My Mind; Natural To Be Gone; The Six O'Clock Train And A Girl With Green Eyes; A Simple Thing As Love; Mouth To Mouth Resuscitation; I Would Not Be Here; Front Porch; Untangle Your Mind; Like Unto A Mockingbird; The Tall Tall Grass
VG+/VG+
$49.99
LP
Housing Project
John Hartford
Housing Project
1968
LSP 3998
RCA Victor Label; Stereo recording
VG+/VG+
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LP
The Love Album
John Hartford
The Love Album
1967
LSP 3884
RCA Victor Label; Stereo recording
NM-/NM-
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