The Dallas News has a great article on the influence that Fred Hammond’s mother had on his life.

Mildred Hammond was a single parent and a choir director and musician raising five children in an area right in the middle of Detroit’s gang territory.  She was a nurse that worked double shifts at times to take care of her family.

She invested in Fred Hammond with a $400 bass guitar after the basic guitar she got for him went unused because of teasing.

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