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 Yorks 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 singers 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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