John Hardy

Song composer(s)

Traditional

Grateful Dead Recordings

Not recorded by the Dead

Dead Related Recordings

No Dead related recordings entered

Other Recordings

Joe Russell (1936)
Anthology of American Folk Music, Vol. 1, Ballads : Carter Family (1952, reissue 1997)
The Wayfaring Stranger : Burl Ives (1955)
Blood Booze 'n Bones : Ed McCurdy (1956)
American Ballads : Pete Seeger (1957)
Buell Kazee Sings and Plays : Buell Kazee (1958)
Walt Robertson : Walt Robertson (1959)
Goodnight Irene : Leadbelly (195?)
Sings Folk Songs : Frank Hamilton (1962)
Frank Proffitt Sings Folk Songs : Frank Proffitt (1962)
Dulcimer Songs & Solos : Paul Clayton (1962)
Old Time Country Music : Mike Seeger (1962)
Lilly Brothers and Don Stover : Lilly Brothers and Don Stover (1962)
Pete Seeger at the Village Gate, Vol.2 : Pete Seeger (1962)
Down State Ramblers (1962)
Philadelphia Folk Festival. Vol. 1 : Various Artists (Mike Seeger) (1962)
Hobart Smith : Hobart Smith (1964)
Folk Songs With The Seegers : Mike Seeger (1965)
Strictly Instrumental : Flatt & Scruggs With Doc Watson (1966)
Bluegrass From the Blue Ridge - A Half Century of Change - Country Band Music of Virginia : Various Artists (Wade Ward, Fields Ward & Glen Smith) (1967)
Cisco Houston Sings American Folk Songs : Cisco Houston (1968)
Tommy & Fred - Best Fiddle-Banjo Duets : Tommy Jarrell & Fred Cockerham (196?)
Folk Banjo Styles : Eric Weissberg (196?)
Dock Boggs, Vol. 3 : Dock Boggs (1970)
Fiddler's Convention in Mountain City, Tennessee : Clarence Ashley (1972)
Ola Belle Reed : Ola Belle Reed (1973)
Duelling Banjos : Earl Scruggs (1973)
Come & Go With Me : Tommy Jarrell (1974)
Bluegrass Blast - A Mixed Bag of Ol' Timey Music : Roger Sprung (1974)
Right Hand Man : Tom Adams (1975)
Pickin' Around The Cookstove : Various Artists (1975)
Walkin' in the Parlor - Old Time Music of the Southern Mountains : Iron Mountain String Band (1975)
Poor Richard's Almanac : Poor Richard's Almanac (1976)
The Virginia Mountain Boys, Vol. 2 - Bluegrass String Band : The Virginia Mountain Boys (1977)
Essential Pete Seeger : Pete Seeger (1978)
Raw Marsh : Hamper McBee (1978)
Saturday Night at the Bull and Mouth : Ewan McColl (1978)
Clawhammer Banjo, Vol. 3 : Esker Hutchins (1978)
Dixie Darling : Mother Maybelle Carter (197?)
Camp Creek Boys Through The Years : Camp Creek Boys (197?)
Guitar : Tony Rice (197?)
Traditional Country Music : Betsy Rutherford (197?)
Round The Heart Of Old Galax, Vol. 1, Featuring Ernest Stoneman : Ernest Stoneman (1980)
Reflections On The Carter Family : Ron Penix (1981)
Looking Off Down The Road : Clint Howard (1983)
Clawhammer Banjo : David Johnson (1983)
Banjo Pickin' Girl : Lilly Mae Ledford (1983)
Cold On The Shoulder : Tony Rice (1984)
Tribute To Tommy Jarrell : James Leva (1986)
51st Annual Galax Old Fiddlers Convention : Various Artists (New Tradition) (1987)
Old Time Friends : Ray Alden (1987)
Library Of Congress Banjo Collection : Various Artists (Austin Harmon) (1988)
Rounder Bluegrass, Vol. 2 : Various Artists (1988)
Folk Favourites : Chris Montgomery (1989)
Bluegrass 1959-1969 : Bill Monroe (1991)
Son of Rounder Banjo : Various Artists (1992)
Round Peak Band : Round Peak Band (1992)
Rare, Live & Classic (Box set) : Joan Baez (1993)
Singing Out Loud : Various Artists (1994)
Hei-Wa Hoedown : Walt Koken (1995)
Bourgeois Blues, Leadbelly Legacy, Vol. 2 : Leadbelly (1997)
Field & Wade Ward : Fields & Wade Ward (19??)
Early Country Music : Fields Ward's Buck Mountain Band (19??)
The Legendary Carter Family : Carter Family (19??)
Archie Jones & the Miami Valley Boys (19??)
Tim Harkleroad (19??)

Performance History

Played by the Black Mountain Boys on the 6th and 7th March 1964.

Played at the Dylan/Dead rehearsals in May 87

Not performed by the Grateful Dead without Dylan.

Notes

Sometimes the title is given as John Hardy (Was A Desperate Little Man).

Possibly based on a real John Hardy who was executed in 1894 for a murder committed during a gambling fight.