John H. Hammond

Jazz producer, talent scout, and Civil Rights activist John H. Hammond

John Henry Hammond II was an American record producer, Civil Rights activist, non-musician 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.
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10 July 1987

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CALENDAR | WESTCHESTER; Events in Westchester
NYTimes - over 6 years
A guide to cultural and recreational events in the Hudson Valley. Items for the calendar should be sent at least three weeks in advance to westweek@nytimes.com . Comedy ELMSFORD Westchester Broadway Theater “Battle of the Sexes,” stand-up featuring six comedians. Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. $75 for dinner and show. Westchester Broadway Theater,
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Exclusive Interview with Assistant GM Jeff Weltman: "We view the analytics as ... - Brew Hoop
Google News - over 6 years
After all, Weltman has not only been GM John Hammond's right-hand man since following John from Detroit to Milwaukee in 2008, he is an articulate basketball thinker who wrote a series of articles as part of Scouts Inc. for ESPN.com after leaving Denver
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The “All Business” Report: Dime's Rookie Diary With Tobias Harris - Dime Magazine
Google News - over 6 years
The night of the draft I had to fly straight to Milwaukee to do a press conference with Coach Skiles, John Hammond and Jon Leuer. From there I got a chance to go back home and hang with the family and celebrate all the hard work and success
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Varsity Scoreboard, Aug. 28,2011 - Rapid City Journal
Google News - over 6 years
Flag prizes — Dan Gallegos, James Dyk, Tom Donovan, Bob Melvin, John Hammond, Josh Schaefer, Ed Svoboda, Tony Price. Bearback Riding — 1. Joe Gunderson, Agar, 84; 2. Casey Collett, Pueblo, Colo., 83; 3. (Tie) Casey Robert Breuer, Mandan, ND, 8;
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Wine & Jazz Festival lineup impresses - The Columbian
Google News - over 6 years
In the blues category, the festival will feature Coco Montoya and John Hammond. Montoya is a preeminent blues guitarist who was a member of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. Hammond won a Grammy in 1985 and was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame
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A Mike Flanagan Moment - Patch.com
Google News - over 6 years
I met Mike Flanagan a couple of times – strictly in the roll as an Orioles fan. The one instance that stands out was during a January Fan Fest. It was pre-MASN days and he was in the CSN booth to sign autographs
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Veteran bluesman John Hammond to perform at Bordentown Record Collector - The Times of Trenton - NJ.com
Google News - over 6 years
When it comes to the blues, John Hammond doesn't mess around. He gives it to you straight – his vocals wail, moan, and croon – as does his guitar. Together, the guitar and his vocals are one entity, and they tell a climactic story
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OB Landmarks Meeting July 27 for Church and Inn Preservation - Oyster Bay Enterprise Pilot
Google News - over 6 years
The article continued, “She showed Historian John Hammond and James Foote the original order to pay Walt Whitman for the work on the church and there was a debate on if it was Walt Whitman Junior or Senior. “So we are continuing our exploration of that
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Vandals smash graves - The Border Mail
Google News - over 6 years
Cemetery secretary John Hammond said the vandals had no idea of the heartache they has caused for the family and friends of the deceased. “There were porcelain flowers that are 100 years old and these mindless cretins come along and smash them,” Mr
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Perth couple distraught after fetus 'thrown out' - Ninemsn
Google News - over 6 years
Their lawyer, John Hammond, said the hospital had to report the death of a fetus to the Registry of Deaths and Births after 20 weeks. "They are entitled to bury or cremate the body after 20 weeks," Mr Hammond told PerthNow. Despite Lisa being only 17
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Bill Dixon's Dance Notation - Village Voice
Google News - over 6 years
Ornette, Cecil, and Don Cherry were on Blue Note; Ayler and Pharoah joined Coltrane and Archie Shepp on Impulse; and John Hammond recorded Burton Greene and Sunny Murray for Columbia. But Coltrane's death and several other twists, including rock's
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This Day in Music: July 10th - Gibson
Google News - over 6 years
1987, producer and record executive John Hammond died. He brought Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Leonard Cohen and Bruce Springsteen to Columbia Records. He also produced Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman and Count Basie
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Milwaukee Bucks GM John Hammond Takes A Page From The Book Of Kahn - We're Bucked
Google News - over 6 years
Milwaukee Bucks GM John Hammond has done something similar over the past year, particularly at the power forward position. Milwaukee entered the 2010-11 season with five power forwards on their roster and Andrew Bogut as the team's only pure center
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 1987
    Age 76
    Hammond died on July 10th, 1987 after a series of strokes.
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  • 1985
    Age 74
    In 1985, Hammond had his first stroke.
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  • 1983
    Age 72
    In 1983, he brought guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan to Columbia and was credited as executive producer on his debut album.
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  • 1971
    Age 60
    Hammond received a Grammy Trustees Award for being credited with co-producing a Bessie Smith reissue in 1971, and in 1986 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1949
    Age 38
    Just a year later, in 1949, Hammond met Esme Sarnoff, originally Esme O'Brien, the former wife of NBC chairman Robert W. Sarnoff and a daughter of Mary and Esmond O'Brien.
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  • 1948
    Age 37
    In 1948, Jemy asked Hammond for a divorce.
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  • 1946
    Age 35
    In 1946, Hammond was discharged from the military.
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  • 1944
    Age 33
    While he was still in basic training, Jemy gave birth to their second child, Douglas, early in 1944.
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  • 1943
    Age 32
    In November of 1943, Hammond began military training.
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  • 1942
    Age 31
    On March 21, 1942, Hammond's sister, Alice married Benny Goodman.
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    In November of 1942, Jemy gave birth to their first son, John P. Hammond.
    In 1942, Hammond took his wife on a road trip to Los Angeles.
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    They also had four daughters: Emily, Adele, Rachel, and Alice, who married musician Benny Goodman in 1942.
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  • 1941
    Age 30
    On March 8th, 1941, Hammond married Jemy in New Haven Connecticut.
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    This pre-occupation with social issues was to continue, and in 1941 he was one of the founders of the Council on African Affairs.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1940
    Age 29
    Early in his career, Hammond focused more on his work than his love life. While he was seen publicly with various women, the relationships were never substantial. However, in 1940 at a Manhattan party, Hammond met Jemison "Jemy" McBride.
  • 1933
    Age 22
    Hammond's work with civil rights came from multiple angles. In 1933, he traveled South to attend a trial regarding the Scottsboro case, a case in which two white girls accused nine black boys of raping them.
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    Later in 1933, he heard Teddy Wilson, a jazz pianist, on the Chicago radio.
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    In 1933, he helped Benny Goodman receive a record deal with Columbia Records, which at the time was only known as English Columbia.
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    1933 was a defining year for Hammond.
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    He played a role in organizing Benny Goodman's band, and in persuading him to hire black musicians such as Charlie Christian, Teddy Wilson and Lionel Hampton. In 1933 he heard the seventeen-year-old Billie Holiday perform in Harlem and arranged for her recording debut, on a Benny Goodman session.
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  • 1932
    Age 21
    By 1932–1933, through his involvement in the UK music paper Melody Maker, Hammond arranged for the faltering US Columbia label to provide recordings for the UK Columbia label, mostly using the Columbia W-265000 matrix series.
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    In 1932, Hammond acquired a nonpaying job on the WEVD radio station as a disc jockey.
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  • 1931
    Age 20
    In 1931, he funded the recording of pianist Garland Wilson, marking the beginning of a long string of artistic successes as record producer.
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    Much to the disappointment of his father, a Yale alum, in 1931, he dropped out of school, for a career in the music industry, first becoming the U.S. correspondent for Melody Maker.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1930
    Age 19
    In the fall semester of 1930, Hammond had to withdraw due to a re-occurring case of jaundice.
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  • 1929
    Age 18
    In the fall of 1929, Hammond entered Yale University as a member of the class of 1933, where he studied the violin and, later, viola.
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  • 1923
    Age 12
    In 1923, Hammond graduated from St. Bernard's School at the age of 14.
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  • 1922
    Age 11
    Ironically, Hammond notes that the first jazz music that he was exposed to was in London on a trip with his family around 1922.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1910
    Born
    Born in 1910.
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