|Birthname||John Cowan Hartford|
|born on||30 December 1937|
|Place||New York, New York, 40n43, 74w0|
|Timezone||EST h5w (is standard time)|
American musician, a banjo player, songwriter and singer, a three-time Grammy Award winner and author of "Gentle on My Mind. Hartford's signature song earned him sudden wealth after singer-guitarist Glen Campbell turned it into a hit in 1967 and earned him two of his Grammys. The third came a decade later, in 1977, for Best Ethnic or Traditional Recording, for his album "Mark Twang.
A bit on the eccentric side, Hartford was always seen in a trademark derby hat and able to break into his own brand of soft-shoe. He also played fiddle and guitar. From being raised in St. Louis, he loved the Mississippi and was a licensed riverboat captain. He bought his first banjo for $2 and became an musician, a sign painter, riverboat deck hand and radio disc jockey.
Johnny Cash wrote, "His music and lyrics are unlike any I've heard. He is himself and will not be told how to write or sing because he has only his own world.
After several years with cancer, he died 5/28/2001 at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville.
- Work : Prize 1967 (Grammy Award for "Gentle on My Mind")
- Work : Prize 1977 (Best Ethnic or Traditional album, Grammy Award)
Barbara May quotes media for date; time unknown.
- Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Banjo)
- Vocation : Entertain/Music : Song writer
- Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc.