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John Smith Hurt, better known as Mississippi John Hurt (July 3, 1893 or March 8, 1892 — November 2, 1966) was an American country blues singer and guitarist.

Raised in Avalon, Mississippi, Hurt taught himself how to play the guitar around age nine. Singing to a melodious finger-picked accompaniment, he began to play local dances and parties while working as a sharecropper. He first recorded for Okeh Records in 1928, but these recordings were commercial failures. Hurt then drifted out of the recording scene and continued to work as a farmer. Tom Hoskins, a blues enthusiast, located Hurt in 1963 and convinced him to relocate to Washington, D.C. where he was recorded by the Library of Congress in 1964. This helped further the American folk music revival, which had led to the rediscovery of many other bluesmen of Hurt's era. Hurt entered the university and coffeehouse concert circuit with other Delta blues musicians brought out of retirement. As well as playing concerts, he recorded several albums for Vanguard Records.

Hurt died in Grenada, Mississippi. Material recorded by him has been re-released by many record labels over the years and his songs have been recorded by Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia, Beck, Doc Watson, John McCutcheon, Taj Mahal, Bruce Cockburn, David Johansen, Bill Morrissey, Gillian Welch, Guthrie Thomas and Rory Block.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1963 Worried Blues Mississippi John Hurt 1
1963 Avalon Blues Mississippi John Hurt 1
1963 Avalon Blues Mississippi John Hurt 1
1963 Folk Songs and Blues Mississippi John Hurt 1
1966 Last Sessions Mississippi John Hurt 2
1966 Today! Mississippi John Hurt 2
1994 Mississippi John Hurt Memorial Anthology Mississippi John Hurt 1
1997 Legend Mississippi John Hurt 1
2000 The Complete Studio Recordings Mississippi John Hurt 1
2004 Candy Man Blues Mississippi John Hurt 1
Ain't Nobody's Business Mississippi John Hurt 1
The Immortal Mississippi John Hurt Mississippi John Hurt 1
Vanguard Visionaries - Mississippi John Hurt Mississippi John Hurt 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1979 1928 Sessions Compilation Mississippi John Hurt 2
1990 The Greatest Songsters: Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, 1927-1929 Compilation Richard "Rabbit" Brown / Mississippi John Hurt / Hambone Willie Newbern 1
1996 Avalon Blues: The Complete 1928 OKeh Recordings Compilation Mississippi John Hurt 2
1996 Coffee Blues Compilation Mississippi John Hurt 1
1998 Rediscovered Compilation Mississippi John Hurt 1
2000 The Best of Mississippi John Hurt: Ain't No Tellin' Compilation Mississippi John Hurt 1
2004 D.C. Blues: The Library of Congress Recordings, Volume 1 Compilation Mississippi John Hurt 1
live Compilation Mississippi John Hurt 1
Masters of Country Blues Guitar Compilation Mississippi John Hurt 1
Nothing but the Blues Compilation Mississippi John Hurt 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1971 The Best of Mississippi John Hurt Live Mississippi John Hurt 2
1991 In Concert Live Mississippi John Hurt 1
2001 Revisited Live Mississippi John Hurt 1
2005 I'm Satisfied Live Mississippi John Hurt 1

Single

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1928 Frankie / Nobody's Dirty Business Mississippi John Hurt 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1991 Avalon Blues 1963 Mississippi John Hurt 1
Frankie & Albert Mississippi John Hurt 1

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