The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

John Hammond

Induction category: Lifetime Achievement


John Hammond (record executive and producer; born December 15, 1910, died July 10, 1987) Legendary talent scout John Hammond discovered some of the greatest talents in jazz, folk, blues and rock and roll during his 54-year association with Columbia Records. On the jazz and blues side, he played a major role in launching the careers of Billie Holiday, Count Basie and Aretha Franklin. Among rock and roll fans, he will no doubt be best remembered for signing Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. He met Dylan in 1961 and immediately recognized his genius, bringing him to Columbia and producing his first ...

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