Born on November 13, 1942, John Paul Hammond, (a.k.a. John Hammond, Jr.), is a Grammy Award-winning American blues singer and guitarist.
Inspired by Jimmy Reed’s music, Hammond began playing guitar in high school. He went onto Antioch College but shortly thereafter, dropped out to pursue music full-time. By the 1960s he was a working musician, living in Greenwich Village, touring around the country and playing with the likes of Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Duane Allman and The Band.
Since 1962 Hammond has made 34 albums and won a Grammy Award, along with several nominations. He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2011.
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