John Hammond (Jnr)
Born 13th November 1943
John Hammond III was born in New York City, New York, USA to John Hammond Jr., famed jazz and rock producer and his first wife Jemison McBride, an actress. The younger John developed an interest in the blues while at college and began learning guitar and harmonica. In the early sixties he joined the New York coffeehouse scene playing in coffee house and folk hangouts. He made his eponymous debut on the Vanguard label in 1963. In this early music he demonstrated his ability to encompass the meaning of the Delta Blues, which first inspired him. He appeared at the 1963 Newport Folk festival and confirmed to the audience his abilities and talent as a blues performer.
During the rest of the 60’s Hammond toured extensively, including throughout Europe, performing in a wide variety of platforms, including being backed by such as the Hawks a folk rock group, later to reform as The Band and Bill Wyman, he jammed with artist such as Duane Allman anf Jimi Hendrix. The Hawks were to perform as his backing band on his 1967 album ‘So Many Roads’. Hammond’s career developed in the 70’s moving to a more Chicago style and Rhythm and Blues sets, ‘I’m Satisfied’ in 1972 and Triumvirtate with Dr. John and Mike Bloomfield in 1973. Hammond’s music can also be heard on the soundtrack of box office hit movie ‘Little Big Man’. since the 80’s john Hammond has returned to his original commitment to the blues, releasing albums on a range of labels including Capricorn, Sonet, Rounder, Demon and Pointblank the Virgin subsiduary.