John Cowan Harford, 30 December 1937, New York City, New York, USA, d. 4 June 2001, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. A child prodigy, Harford was raised in St. Louis, and mastered the fiddle by the time he was 13. He then turned to banjo and dobro, and later played rock guitar in the clubs and honky tonks of St. Louis and Memphis. After leaving university, he worked at several jobs, including radio host, before moving to Nashville in 1965, where he quickly earned a reputation as a session player. In the following year he signed for RCA Records. Now known as John Hartford, his debut album was produced by Chet Atkins. A year later, he recorded his best-known composition, Gentle On My Mind, which entered the US country charts, and was included on his Earthwords & Music album. In 1967, the song won three Grammy awards, and subsequently became a minor US hit for Glen Campbell.
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