Mississippi John Hurt

John Byrne Cooke


Image No. 63-4N-6: Mississippi John Hurt

1963 Newport Folk Festival

John Hurt's 1920s recordings on Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music led to Hurt's rediscovery in 1961, when he was 72 years old. Before his death in 1966, Mississippi John enjoyed five years of revived fame and he saw a new generation of guitar players influenced by his distinctive finger-picking style.

Blues Workshop Mississippi John looking on Mississippi John Hurt onstage A Tip of the Hat