Talk:John Hammond (producer)
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I'm formatting the list of factoids into the bottom into something a little bit more respectable.Matthew 21:34, 18 February 2006 (UTC)
Refusal to sign Jimi Hendrix
In 1966, Hammond Sr. met up with Jimi Hendrix at a dinner arranged by his son, John Hammond Jr., who used to somtimes play with Hendrix at the time. Hammond Sr. tried to talk Jimi into pursueing a career in blues, but Jimi had broader ideas for his music (see Shadwick, 1993: 81), as he was deeply influenced at the time not only by blues but also by a numerous of other musical genres as his first studio album "Are You Experience" shows (e.g. folk (as displayed by the song "My Friend"), British pop (as displayed by "Purple Haze"), R&N ("Remember"), Soul ("The Wind Cries Mary") "art-rock or jazz ("Third Stone From The Sun")).
I know that this fact was more important to Hendrix's career than to Hammond's but I think it still show an important aspect of the music industry back in the mid 60s: Hammond knew Jimi was a good musician but he didn't want to bet on somebody who was outside the traditional boxes of the music industry, or so it seems.
I just thought I'd let the Wikipedia community decide on whether it should appear in this article.