Michael Hurley

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk Pop / Rock
Tags: folk singer-songwriter blues americana Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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20 December 1941, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA. Hurley began playing guitar at the age of 13 and subsequently led an itinerant lifestyle until gravitating to the folk enclave at New York’s Greenwich Village. An accomplished performer and songwriter, he was about to secure a major recording contract when a combination of hepatitis and mononucleosis led to a lengthy spell in hospital. Hurley made his delayed debut in 1964 on the traditional outlet, Folkways Records. First Songs featured support from long-time friend and associate Robin Remailly and revealed an artist of quirky imagination and vocal delivery. The set included the singer’s first version of ‘The Werewolf’, later popularized by the Holy Modal Rounders, and the piece for which its creator is best remembered. The same group recorded several other Hurley compositions, including ‘Radar Blues’ and ‘Morning Glory’, while the Youngbloods acknowledged their respect by...

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