Talk:John Hartford

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Discussion[edit]

Anon IP 68.156.76.2 wrote: "Hartford was also known to draw with both his left and right hands...at the same time." Anyone have a source for this? -- Dave C. 00:57, 20 May 2005 (UTC)

On the site www.johnhartford.org you can see an example of this. Hartford was always willing to sign autographs, give banjo or fiddle tips, and hang out at his concerts. He was not above showing off a little as well, and often signed autographs this way. Don't know any "source though.

What would people feel about separating out the discography from the personal history? Right now it seems like a bit of a jumble, going back and forth. I think that separating the two could do a better job of setting off the importance of his discography, sepecially the seminal recordings on Iron Mountain Depot and Aereo-Plain. It'd be a pretty major edit, that would probably involve splitting the article into two sections, but i think there's a lot of room for expansion, given how important Hartford was to the bluegrass/country scene of the last 35 years. I'll probably make the edits in a week or so, unless anybody has objections. Robth 13 November 2005

Note--I took out a little more old material than I would have liked to while editing this, but I did so because much of it was copyvio from his official site biography, and some of the rest seemed a little dubious. If anyone wants to put something back in, go ahead, but please check to see that it is clean first. --RobthTalk 07:33, 27 January 2006 (UTC)


I don't know what if anything this guy Atkins had to do with Harford becoming Hartford, but according to John's sister, Carolyn, who was a student of mine at the U of Wisconsin (PhD in Linguistics), John went with Hartford because the name kept spontaneously turning into Hartford and rather than correcting people (and official documents, etc., etc.) he just caved in to the inevitable.Alsihler (talk) 17:48, 30 November 2009 (UTC)

I think he is awesome I think your right alsihler! [franklin] —Preceding unsigned comment added by 75.56.61.102 (talk) 00:38, 2 June 2010 (UTC)

nice additions[edit]

I made some of the earlier updating, and you have greatly improved it.

personal life?[edit]

Except for a little information on his childhood and his death, this article has practically no information on Hartford's personal life. Did he have any brothers or sisters, wives or girlfriends (or boyfriends), children, etc? Among "Associated acts" in the infobox is someone named Jamie Hartford: is that a brother, son, cousin, or is the same surname just a coincidence?--Jim10701 (talk) 04:53, 24 January 2012 (UTC)

Biography[edit]

This page is much easier to read because it is almost entirely text. http://www.johnhartford.com/biography.cfm 1archie99 (talk) 03:03, 19 April 2014 (UTC)