“As with every other great musician I have ‘discovered,’ there was never a moment’s doubt,” Hammond wrote in describing the first time he heard guitarist Charlie Christian. “I could hear the singularity of the sound. Always this quality seems so obvious. Lights flash, rockets go off. “

John Hammond 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, Jim Copp, Asha Puthli and Stevie Ray Vaughan. He is also largely responsible for the revival of delta blues artist Robert Johnson's music. Hammond was one of the original men to racially integrate the music industry.
 excerpted from: Wikipedia

dylan_bennygoodman_hammondBob Dylan, Benny Goodman, and John Hammond

hammond_aretha1961John Hammond and Aretha Franklin

John Hammond and Bruce Springsteen


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