Sunday, January 20, 2008

R.I.P. John Stewart

John Stewart, one of our favorite singer/songwriters, passed away today at age 68 after suffering a massive stroke.

Stewart joined the legendary folk outfit, The Kingston Trio in 1961 and spent six years singing with them before the group disbanded in 1967.

Besides his work with the Trio, John Stewart also wrote The Monkees hit "Daydream Believer" and went on to record over 40 solo albums where he would work with and influence many other great artists.

On of our favorite albums here at the SWR lair is John Stewart's 1979 album Bombs Away Dream Babies. It's one of those gorgeous California albums and one of the last to carry that perfectly-produced 1970s sound.

The album also features appearances by Fleetwood Macers Lindsey Buckingham (who has always named Stewart as one of his biggest influences) and Stevie Nicks.

Bombs Away hit #10 on the Billboard charts and features a wonderful duet with Nicks called "Gold" which went to #5.

If you have a good vinyl store near you, they'll probably have it or you can start out with a greatest hits collection called The Earth Rider which is available on

John Stewart left behind a musical legacy that includes some 600 songs.

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