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John Stewart

I first discovered the music of John Stewart, when he was a member of the Kingston Trio, in the early sixties. As a solo artist he release a couple of excellent albums for Capitol, "California Bloodlines" and "Willard", the former containing "July You're A Woman" and "Omaha Rainbow". On his Reprise album "The Lonesome Picker Rides Again", he included his composition "Daydream Believer" which has paid his rent for well over 30 years, as it was successfully covered by The Monkees and Anne Murray, to name but two.

In the early seventies, he was signed to RCA and released "Canons In The Rain", Wingless Angels" and the live double-set "The Phoenix Concerts". The single lifted from the former, "Armstrong" was heavily played on BBC Radio One in the UK, notably on the Noel Edmonds Breakfast show. At that time, I worked in the London office of RCA, and we brought John over to play a benefit show at the Roundhouse for John Tobler's "ZigZag" magazine. Michael Nesmith was on the same show.

It wasn't until the late seventies that John got the international acclaim that he deserved with the smash hit "Gold", on which he was joined by Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks. That hit, and the album "Bombs Away Dream Babies", brought John Stewart to a far wider audience.

On subsequent visits to the UK, my Diamond Promotions & Publicity company happily handled the 'plugging' of some of his albums to BBC Radio 1 and others. I helped set up press and radio interviews, and you'll find one or two references to these, when surfing the various websites dedicated to John.

He has continued to tour extensively and record, and in 2000 Wrasse Records released a fitting 2-CD set "Gold" and a 'new' album of previously unreleased material, "Wires From the Bunker". He was in the UK in September, and besides an excellent set at London's 12-Bar Club, he came in to Ritz 1035, where we re-acquainted after many years, and he sang a couple of songs live on David Allan's show.

I was deeply saddened to hear of his passing on 19th January 2008.

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