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Subject: RE: OBIT: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: Willie-O
Date: 24 Feb 05 - 08:48 AM

Interesting but unsatisfying story. The part about the mob getting Haley to play some fiddle tunes for them before they killed him reminded me of a scene in "Cold Mountain", so I wondered if it could have been an inspiration for the book. Apparently not, I found this explanation from Charles Frazier of the historical roots of his novel: http://www.salon.com/july97/colddiary970709.html

I think it's safe to say that a characteristic of the culture that both stories describe is a fierce and frequently violent competition for access to the resources that provide mountaineers with a precarious livelihood.

W-O


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Subject: RE: OBIT: John Hartford - Epilogue-june 2001
From: open mike
Date: 24 Feb 05 - 02:56 AM

i was looking on www.johnhartford.com and found some info on
the fiddlers that he had collected some tunes from.
I was looking for info on some of the fiddlers he chronicalled
Namely J.P. Fraley http://www.boundforshadygrove.com/boundforshadygrove--fraley.htm
and Blind Ed Haley
http://www.johnhartford.com/fiddle/haley.htm
here is an article about an arcaelogical dig
that was sponsored by John to find the truth of the murder
of two fellows Haley and McCoy who were murdered by a mob.
McCoy was a member of the McCoy family who was famous for fueding
with the Hatfields. Haley was the father of the fiddler
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian/issues00/mar00/phenom_mar00.html
John Hartford was a treasure! Thanks to him there is a lot of music which has been preserved for future fiddlers and listeners.


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Subject: RE: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: walkinman
Date: 09 Jun 01 - 12:00 PM

Dear John,

"Wish we had our time again, wish we had our time...."

wm


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Subject: RE: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: GUEST,belter
Date: 08 Jun 01 - 03:31 PM

There have been many who leave us with less music when they go, and often the songs we write to honor them fill the void. But what song could make up for lossing John Hartford?


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Subject: RE: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: Fortunato
Date: 08 Jun 01 - 01:02 PM

With my wife and Tom Mindte, I sang Lorena last night with John on my mind. adios, Chance


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Subject: RE: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: rush
Date: 08 Jun 01 - 12:38 PM

Dear John, A truly wonderful lesson in music and life was given by the man we all eulogize , John Hartford . Enjoy your new life and share your soul with all your new found friends as you did with us.

Mike Strobel


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Subject: RE: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: Tedham Porterhouse
Date: 07 Jun 01 - 02:20 PM

Mike Regenstreif did a lovely tribute to John Hartford this morning on Folk Roots/Folk Branches.


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Subject: RE: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: Luke
Date: 07 Jun 01 - 07:28 AM

Dear John,

I am writing here because this is where I learned of your death. You are a fine fellow. I wish I could have seen you one more time before this. I never saw you when you you were bad sick. I haven't been around those places where we used to meet. I remember you playing and singing great . You are a model member of an elite class of warm and rakish souls. You touched folks right on down to the dance. Good job!

Bob Lucas


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Subject: RE: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: Rich(bodhránai gan ciall)
Date: 07 Jun 01 - 12:06 AM

A sad time for music, but I'm glad for him. He really was in bad shape. He played in Pittsburgh, a couple months ago. Or more correctly, his band played and he sang and drank cough drop tea. He couldn't use his left arm anymore to finger the fretboard. He looked absolutely miserable. He gave everything he had, and I believe he's in a much better place now.


I have in mind a song I've heard from the Dry Branch Fire Squad:


"But I can got to them"
Though tears my fill my eyes, I'm happy in my soul
I'm thinking of those friends who walk on streets of gold
Since Jesus called them home, Up there to live with him
I cannot bring them back
But I can go to them.

{chorus} Oh, so many precious friends and many loved ones too
Are waiting there for me somewhere beyond the blue
Since Jesus called them home, Up there to live with him,
I can not bring them back,
But I can go to them {end chorus}

So times I've come to weep, But I shall weep no more
They're living there with Him, on that celestial shore
They're truly satisfied up there where everything is good
I cannot bring them back.
I would not if I could

{repeat chorus} I would not if I could


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Subject: RE: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: GUEST,petr
Date: 06 Jun 01 - 08:55 PM

I only just met him at fiddle tunes 2 years ago and he gave a great workshop and phenomenal performance with his band. a sad loss.


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Subject: RE: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: Kim C
Date: 06 Jun 01 - 05:36 PM

I think I have said this before... John Hartford was one of the things Mister brought to the marriage. Eleven years ago I had no idea who he was. I knew Gentle on My Mind because my family was a bunch of Glen Campbell fans, and at every gathering my uncle asked if I couldn't play it on the piano. No I couldn't play it on the piano! Jeez!

Anyway we went off to see him one night at the Ryman. Mister says, this guy is SO cool, he dances and plays the banjo at the same time. Hmm. Sure enough. Loved the show, and the rapport he had with the audience.

HEard him on Riders Radio Theater a few times. What a hoot.

Then, of course, when I started playing the fiddle, well, I just had to have that Ed Haley CD he did. Three years ago, John played at a benefit concert for the place where I work. He came in and played and left. He looked tired. But he sounded great. What a fiddler.

My job was to get the performing artists to autograph the posters so we could put them in the auction. I stuck my head in the door backstage and I said, Mr. Hartford, sir, when you get a chance, if you wouldn't mind signing these posters please? He nodded at me and I shut the door. (I was too dumbstruck to say anything else.)

I don't think he ever got around to signing the posters...


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Subject: RE: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: GUEST,Winters Wages
Date: 06 Jun 01 - 12:45 PM

Rest easy John the world will be a little less brighter without you. WW


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Subject: RE: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: BlueJay
Date: 06 Jun 01 - 03:27 AM

Damn. DAMN. John, we love you, enjoy your trip on the Aeroplane. You have been an inspiration to many of us, and it's difficult for me to imagine the music scene with you gone. Thanks for your incredible gifts to us all,BlueJay


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Subject: RE: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: GUEST,mandofrets
Date: 05 Jun 01 - 11:42 PM

I wanna be just like John when I grow up...


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Subject: RE: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: katlaughing
Date: 05 Jun 01 - 11:36 PM

smq, welcome to the Mudcat and good wishes in your struggle with cancer


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Subject: RE: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: GUEST,Coyotl
Date: 05 Jun 01 - 10:57 PM

Take me back to the place where I first saw the light To the sweet sunny South take me home Where the mocking bird sang me to sleep every night Oh why did I ever roam?

But the roaming is done now. The angel band has borne him away...from pain, to peace

Thanks John. It was wonderful, we'll miss you at the Calvin.


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Subject: RE: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: Nancy King
Date: 05 Jun 01 - 10:16 PM

Just thought Catters would be interested in the obituary by Associated Press, which was forwarded to me by a good friend.

This was on the NanciNet List today.

JUNE 04, 22:17 EST Songwriter Hartford, 63, Dies By JIM PATTERSON Associated Press Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - John Hartford, a versatile and wry performer who wrote the standard ``Gentle on My Mind'' and turned his back on Hollywood to return to bluegrass music, died Monday at a hospital after a long battle with cancer. He was 63. The singer-songwriter, comedian, tap-clog dancer, television performer and riverboat enthusiast had cancer for more than a decade. He died at about 4:45 p.m., said hospital spokesman Russ Gannon. ``Gentle on My Mind'' has been broadcast on radio or television more than 6 million times, according to Broadcast Music Incorporated, which collects song royalties. It has been recorded more than 300 times, most prominently by Glen Campbell in 1967. Hartford's career rambled from Hollywood to Nashville, with stops writing and performing on network television, thousands of shows at bluegrass clubs and festivals, and stints as a licensed steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River. At the height of his fame in the early 1970s, Hartford reconsidered his decision to take an offer to star in a detective series on CBS. Instead, he returned to Nashville and resumed his career as an innovative, relatively low-profile bluegrass singer-songwriter. ``I knew that if I did it, I would never live it down,'' Hartford said of the television series in a 2000 interview. ``Because then when I went backto music, people would start saying, `Oh, he didn't make it in acting so he's gone country.''' Born in New York City and raised in St. Louis, Hartford was enthralled as a youngster by riverboats and bluegrass music, in particular that of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. He moved to Nashville in 1965, and his first album ``John Hartford Looks at Life'' was released the following year. Hartford's version of ``Gentle on My Mind'' from second album ``Earthwords & Music'' was a minor hit in 1967. The song is about a hobo whose mind is eased by the thought of a former lover. Hartford moved to California in 1968, landing a job writing and performing on ``The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.'' His went on to the cast of ``The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour.'' Returning to Nashville in 1971, Hartford released the landmark acoustic album ``Aereo-Plain'' and continued to record until his death. He was one of the performers on the hit soundtrack to the film ``O Brother, Where Art Thou?'' --- On the Net: John Hartford site:


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Subject: RE: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: Art Thieme
Date: 05 Jun 01 - 08:36 PM

I'll not forget this man's friendship, support, help, music-----all of it. John, thank you.

Art


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Subject: RE: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: BDenz
Date: 05 Jun 01 - 08:31 PM

Damn. Just damn.


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Subject: RE: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: GUEST,joe
Date: 05 Jun 01 - 08:18 PM

good night, john. enjoyed the show.


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Subject: RE: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: Jeep man
Date: 05 Jun 01 - 08:09 PM

I am reminded of some words from the Bellamy Brothers "Old Hippy".

"HE THINKS SOMETIMES OF WOODSTOCK AND THE DAY JOHN LENNON DIED,

HOW THE MUSIC MADE HIM HAPPY AND THE SILENCE MADE HIM CRY.

John's music is now silent and the silence is awful

Jim


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Subject: RE: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: GUEST,mjv11
Date: 05 Jun 01 - 06:42 PM

I've loved John for years. My first and only time to see John was at last year's Merlefest. I caught darn near every one of his performances. It's a sad old world without a lot of good ole boys.


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Subject: RE: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: Chicken Charlie
Date: 05 Jun 01 - 06:34 PM

Voices now are hushed forever,
Tears and flowers strew their grave,
And this mighty rushing river
Buries all beneath its wave.

CC


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Subject: RE: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: voyager
Date: 05 Jun 01 - 06:21 PM

John Hartford - Center Stage @ MerleFest '93.

http://patriot.net/~tweil/pics/johnhartford.jpg

"songwriter, singer, picker, conductor, clogger" A builder of music for our Time.

God speed & Rest Easy.

voyager


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Subject: RE: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: Justa Picker
Date: 05 Jun 01 - 05:56 PM

John Hartford was an early influence on my decision to become a finger picker. I remember the first time I heard "Aeroplane", and just loved it (as well as his later albums.) Condolences to his family and friends. He will be sorely missed but never forgotten.


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Subject: RE: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: catspaw49
Date: 05 Jun 01 - 05:43 PM

I like that....For those of you who may have missed it, the Sarah Cannon Cancer Center is accepting donations in John's name. Nice that Cousin Minnie is somehow involved here too.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: Mike Regenstreif
Date: 05 Jun 01 - 03:51 PM

Aside from the great music, John was a great guy to work with and to have around. The concerts that he did at the Golem, the folk club that I ran in Montreal in the '70s and '80s, are a treasured memory.

I'll have a tribute to John on this Thursday's edition of Folk Roots/Folk Branches.

Mike Regenstreif


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Subject: RE: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 05 Jun 01 - 03:39 PM

Great Musician, friendly gentle man. Finished off the concert last night with "Old time Riverman", and then Bill Sables and I sat and talked about musicians, Mudcat, and how lucky we've been to do what we love all these years. Damn. Hartford sang and played with love for a lot of years, but not enough.

Rick


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Subject: RE: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: GUEST,oj
Date: 05 Jun 01 - 02:38 PM

john's mailing address is PO 443 Madison TN 37116 for those who may wish to send a card to marie and the family. Memorials may be sent to the Sarah Cannon Cancer Center @ 2221 Mercy Ave. Nashville TN 37203


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Subject: RE: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 05 Jun 01 - 01:56 PM

John Hartford was not at the top of my list of performers, but perhaps he should have been. He was fortunate to write "a big one" that produced royalties, but that song is not what John was about. John clearly grew from the roots of American music and never forgot them. He was a fine writer, but he also enjoyed "the old songs." He was also an excellent performer. He was the first acoustic act I saw with broadcast microphones and instrument jacks. He used this modern technology to get close to his audience, that is, right in the middle.

To my way of thinking, John Hartford represents what "folk music" is all about. I'm happy to hear from folks who knew him, that he was in private the same man he was in public. The world is diminished and I am sadder without him. May he rest in peace.

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: Jim the Bart
Date: 05 Jun 01 - 01:18 PM

So sad. Rest well, Captain.

Bart


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Subject: RE: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: smq
Date: 05 Jun 01 - 12:52 PM

Damn, I'm fighting cancer myself right now. I will miss John Hartford. His music always reminded me of my humanity and now his death reminds me of the tenuousness of my life. I'm going home to watch "The Songs of the Civil War" video with him singing Lorena. Be happy, John. I'll miss you.


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Subject: RE: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
Date: 05 Jun 01 - 11:29 AM

Remembering his big laugh and hug whenever we met. 'Bye, Buddy! Jean


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Subject: RE: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: Trapper
Date: 05 Jun 01 - 11:16 AM

I'll tear off down the river
Someday before I'm through
And come back here and sing it out
With those Steamboat Whistle Blues

All the Steamboats are whistling a minor key today.

God Bless, John.

- Al


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Subject: RE: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: Hollowfox
Date: 05 Jun 01 - 11:14 AM

I'll miss him, but he's stopped hurting now.


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Subject: RE: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: Kim C
Date: 05 Jun 01 - 10:53 AM

:-(


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Subject: RE: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: GUEST,Seamus Kennedy
Date: 05 Jun 01 - 10:46 AM

Thanks, and rest in peace.

Seamus


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Subject: RE: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: Fortunato
Date: 05 Jun 01 - 09:31 AM

I will remember his warmness to the Red Hot Peppers when we opened for him in Newport News. He gave Miss Terry a clawhammer banjo tip backstage. His smile was genuine.

chance shiver


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Subject: RE: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Jun 01 - 09:26 AM

John Hartford was a great musician, a great songwriter and a very nice guy.

The cause of his death was cancer.

The cause of his cancer was smoking. John lost many years of potential life and we lost his presence in our lives because of smoking.

If you smoke, stop. That would honor his memory.


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Subject: RE: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: LaBiche
Date: 05 Jun 01 - 09:11 AM

"I would not be here if you hadn't been there" From another son of New York, who moved to Missouri "Thanks for changing my life" I'll miss you.


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Subject: RE: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: jeffp
Date: 05 Jun 01 - 08:21 AM

The world is just a little emptier today. . . But richer for what he left us. Thanks, John and farewell.

jeffp


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Subject: RE: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Jun 01 - 07:58 AM

Ah, god. The river always rolls away...


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Subject: RE: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: SINSULL
Date: 04 Jun 01 - 10:02 PM

Sad goodbye. And thank you.


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Subject: RE: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: Francy
Date: 04 Jun 01 - 09:12 PM

God Bless you John , you'll always be Gentle On My Mind.........Frank of Toledo


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Subject: RE: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: Jeep man
Date: 04 Jun 01 - 09:05 PM

Thanks,John. Jim


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Subject: RE: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: Dharmabum
Date: 04 Jun 01 - 09:01 PM

Goodbye John, Thanks for everything.

DB.


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Subject: RE: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: IvanB
Date: 04 Jun 01 - 08:49 PM

Sad to see the good ones go before their time. Hope those in the hereafter appreciate what they've gained today.


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Subject: RE: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: GUEST,Dancing Mom
Date: 04 Jun 01 - 08:43 PM

Goodnight, John. Thanks for everything. See you next time. Sharon


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Subject: RE: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: Amergin
Date: 04 Jun 01 - 08:41 PM

a loss for us....a gain for him....


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Subject: RE: John Hartford - Epilogue
From: catspaw49
Date: 04 Jun 01 - 08:34 PM

A gentle man and a gentle yet unbound spirit. Our lives were richened by his music and his passions. Thanks John........

Where does an old time river man go
After he's passed away?
Does his soul still keep a watch on the deep
For the rest of the river days?

Spaw


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