The iconic folk-pop band the Lovin’ Spoonful took their name from the lyrics to Mississippi John Hurt’s “Coffee Blues.” Among of the most heralded bluesmen in the Greenwich Village folk scene of the early-’60s, Hurt’s music inspired a generation of musical followers, including Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead. This recording of Hurt’s “Louis Collins” comes from what was supposed to be a private jam session with Garcia, bluegrass guitarist Tony Rice and mandolin virtuoso David Grisman.
Learn more about how this jam session - The Pizza Tapes - became one of the most cherished recordings among Garcia’s faithful, though they were never intended for public release…
Or listen to the Lovin’ Spoonful’s John Sebastian talk about his early years playing harmonica for Hurt in the Village.
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