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Obit: John Stewart (Kingston Trio) 19 Jan 2008

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C. Ham 19 Jan 08 - 03:49 PM
Peace 19 Jan 08 - 04:01 PM
Irish sergeant 19 Jan 08 - 04:17 PM
gnu 19 Jan 08 - 04:17 PM
open mike 19 Jan 08 - 04:17 PM
open mike 19 Jan 08 - 04:30 PM
Jeremiah McCaw 19 Jan 08 - 04:37 PM
open mike 19 Jan 08 - 04:46 PM
GUEST,Tom Nelligan 19 Jan 08 - 04:55 PM
open mike 19 Jan 08 - 05:52 PM
GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz 19 Jan 08 - 07:13 PM
M.Ted 19 Jan 08 - 07:55 PM
Mrrzy 19 Jan 08 - 08:30 PM
Bobert 19 Jan 08 - 09:08 PM
GUEST,Timoteo, Nor Cal 19 Jan 08 - 09:15 PM
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GUEST,Scuttlebob 19 Jan 08 - 10:20 PM
Effsee 19 Jan 08 - 10:33 PM
open mike 19 Jan 08 - 10:52 PM
ScuttleBob 19 Jan 08 - 10:59 PM
Slag 20 Jan 08 - 01:26 AM
Janie 20 Jan 08 - 11:06 AM
GUEST,John's Wife Buffy Ford Stewart 20 Jan 08 - 10:23 PM
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GUEST,Denise 21 Jan 08 - 09:17 PM
Amos 22 Jan 08 - 10:13 PM
kendall 23 Jan 08 - 09:46 AM
GUEST,EUGENE McGLOIN, SLIGO, IRELAND 26 Jan 08 - 07:45 PM
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Subject: Obit: John Stewart
From: C. Ham
Date: 19 Jan 08 - 03:49 PM

I just learned of the death of John Stewart today at the age of 68.

John was a member of the Kingston Trio before going on to record as a duo with Buffy Ford (his wife) and many solo albums including such landmarks as "California Bloodlines."

He also wrote several hits including "Daydream Believer" and "Gold."


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Stewart
From: Peace
Date: 19 Jan 08 - 04:01 PM

Ouch.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Stewart
From: Irish sergeant
Date: 19 Jan 08 - 04:17 PM

R.I.P John. Neil


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Stewart
From: gnu
Date: 19 Jan 08 - 04:17 PM

Oh my... oh my... RIP.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Stewart
From: open mike
Date: 19 Jan 08 - 04:17 PM

Oh, my! much too young to go.
he brought much music to many.
http://www.chillywinds.com/
bio here..
also see www.razorsedge2.blogspot.com


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Stewart
From: open mike
Date: 19 Jan 08 - 04:30 PM

http://raizorsedge2.blogspot.com/2008/01/tom-dooley-hangs-down-his-head-for.html
One of his last recordings might be Havana on the Appleseed label 2003
http://www.appleseedrec.com/havana/ the label has the motto of "sowing the seeds of social justice through music" there is much more here:
http://cdbaby.com/cd/johnstewart4

ohn has had some literal ups and downs since Appleseed issued his "Havana" CD in 2003. A longtime advocate of the US space program, providing music for a 1964 NASA public service film and writing "Armstrong" about the 1970 lunar landing, John was delighted by an invitation to entertain members of the Astronaut Hall of Fame at the Kennedy Space Center during last spring's induction ceremonies of three new members. And, of course, eBay's use of John's "Daydream Believer" has provided a nice infusion of income and interest. On the downside, John is not yet free of the effects of a concussion he sustained while shooting photos at a racetrack two years ago, an accident that has left him with residual vertigo and some difficulty in remembering song lyrics. But he's still touring, still writing, still singing and recording to his own high standards and our own high hopes. He's John Stewart, "a man who hasn't lost his enormous faith in people and who earnestly but eloquently compresses more than four decades of dreams and regrets into his songs" (Rolling Stone).


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Stewart
From: Jeremiah McCaw
Date: 19 Jan 08 - 04:37 PM

"Bombs Away Dream Babies!" brought John front and centre in my awareness, which led me to find out about his background and several of his other albums - treasures, mostly found in delete bins. This is one artist I'm truly sorry to say good-bye to.

Couple of his songs in my own repertoire, and a couple more in the works.

"There's always one more soul than heaven can hold. . . . So hand your heart to the wind; let it carry you home."


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Stewart
From: open mike
Date: 19 Jan 08 - 04:46 PM

there was an interesting event that happened.
http://www.triofantasycamp.com/
http://shop.californiabloodlines.com/fc7.html
http://shop.californiabloodlines.com/

I see that John's wife Buffy has been fighting colon cancer.
If she is still with us, I send her condolences--anyone know
how (or if) she is?


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Stewart
From: GUEST,Tom Nelligan
Date: 19 Jan 08 - 04:55 PM

A brilliant songwriter, and gone much too young. I am a folk music fan largely because I discovered the Kingston Trio before I discoverd the Beatles as a kid in the early 60s. Thanks for the music, John.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Stewart
From: open mike
Date: 19 Jan 08 - 05:52 PM

This post was on the folk d.j. site today:
It is with deep regret that I wanted to pass on the death of John Stewart. John passed away this morning with his family by his side in San Diego passing away at the same hospital he was born. John was a member of the Kingston Trio for years and wrote songs that captured the essence of the real America and the people who made the country interesting. From sitting in a room of Jamie Wyeth paintings and writing songs about the characters in those paintings, John like Steinbeck,Twain or Charles Kuralt, captured the true American
experience with his words and images. His words said so much at times "Don Quixote's windmills were giants in his eyes to see things as they really are it can only make you wise". He had a life of perfoming with the Kingston Trio all over the world to writing "Daydream Believer" to having the hit song "Gold" in
the 1970's. But he was so much more deeper than those things which were just the surface and what most people saw and heard. It was beneath the surface with the songwriting and singing that touched so many that John's true beauty was.
All the best to everyone. Jim Musselman (Appleseed)


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Stewart
From: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz
Date: 19 Jan 08 - 07:13 PM

Rest in Peace John...

One of my first influences. Some great memories. Thanks for all the music...

bob


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Stewart
From: M.Ted
Date: 19 Jan 08 - 07:55 PM

One of my all time favorite performers. He was a great songwriter and a great singer--like a lot of people here, I used to perform a bunch of his songs, and I went to see him any time I could.   California Bloodlines was one of those albums that I played for years-- I thought he be with us forever--though in a way, he will.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Stewart
From: Mrrzy
Date: 19 Jan 08 - 08:30 PM

Thank you for this sad news. I really liked the KTrio.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Stewart
From: Bobert
Date: 19 Jan 08 - 09:08 PM

Like M Ted, California Bloodlines was and is one of my favorite LP's of all time...

"There was man named E. A. Stewart... spelled S.T.E.W.A.R.T.... And he had a race horse... Ol' Campaigner... Now here he is, drivin' that race horse and he's driven her half blind... Yeah E. A. Stewart and Ol' Campaigner... Well, will you look at her?... Well, it was just a few months later that old E. A. Stewart died" (from recollection)

Well, John.... Here's lookin' at you, my friend... Hope you hook up with A. E. and Ol' Campaigner...

B~


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Stewart
From: GUEST,Timoteo, Nor Cal
Date: 19 Jan 08 - 09:15 PM

God,
Please rest his musical soul. Thank you.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Stewart
From: Bobert
Date: 19 Jan 08 - 09:15 PM

No, come tho think of it it was S.T.U.A.R.T....

Oh mother country, I do love you...

Sorry to mess it up, JOhn... Been a long time...

B~


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Stewart
From: GUEST,Scuttlebob
Date: 19 Jan 08 - 10:20 PM

I'm sittin home at the computer, Watchin' that Ol' Lonesome Picker, singing 'Mother Country' on YouTube, and Bawlin' while I'm singin along. Here's the link; [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWwayDfJtkE&feature=related]
...and just thinkin about all the Stewart Songs I've sung across the years. What a rare and interesting man. Heard him first in 63, with the trio-right here in Norfolk, Va.   What a presence, very Intense! and a great 'off-the-top-of-his-head-Storyteller. Later, in California (following my short lived writing experience with the Smothers Show), I'd hear him often, and was swept away with So many great songs, Lonesome Picker, "Some Kind of Love", "Little Road & a Stone to Roll", "Cody", "Mother Country', 'Williard", "Armstrong", "Strange Rivers", [learned em all], and, the list just goes on!
What a legacy, and the Songs will go on...being sung
          except, of course,...the ones he'd yet to write!
I just want to sit here all day, and play, & listen to his songs,,,& watch the rain turn to snow,...& wonder...why it's so hard to accept that nothing lasts,... forever
I'll never forget his Concert at Ramblin' Conrads-what a wonderful night! A dream...Wonder if I can find the Tape?
Met him vaguely, when I lived in LA. He even hosted- "And Mostly, They Sing". The CBS Music special i did, right before leaving California (when I sang "Jeremy', with Richard Fukahara's wonderful photographs). What a mind! What an eye & ear! What a bizarre sense of humor! and what a Master of Americana! A 'diamond in the rough', with so many facets!   I never really knew him. But, I knew the world his songs painted.
Goodbye, Lonesome Picker...
and Thanks,...
Bob Zentz [Scuttlebob]


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Stewart
From: Effsee
Date: 19 Jan 08 - 10:33 PM

Hey Bob, sharing your thoughts. RIP indeed.
Frank (in Thurso, Scotland)


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Stewart
From: open mike
Date: 19 Jan 08 - 10:52 PM

timoteo...i am in nor cal too--we should meet...if you would join as a member you could sent personal messages. (guests cannot )


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Stewart
From: ScuttleBob
Date: 19 Jan 08 - 10:59 PM

Frank, I remember singin' a number of Stewart Songs, when I first did a Scottish tour in, maybe '76...later, I believe he toured in Scotland, and even did a live recording. John certainly stradelled the genre lines with musical extremes [from the monkees to Mother Country!]
He always called himself a Folk Musician-and did plenty of Trad Songs.
I believe the last CD of his I got was "Darwin's Army"..& still a favorite. He will indeed be missed...
Cheers to All...
BZ


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Stewart
From: Slag
Date: 20 Jan 08 - 01:26 AM

"July, your a woman, more than anyone I've ever known."

Man, what a talent. What a story teller in song. Too young to leave this Earth for sure. Maybe he WAS the Saint of San Joaquin.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Stewart (January 2008)
From: Janie
Date: 20 Jan 08 - 11:06 AM

He was a national treasure.

Such stories and portraits in song.

Another couple of favorites of mine were Razor-Back Woman and The Pirates of Stone County Rd.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Stewart (January 2008)
From: GUEST,John's Wife Buffy Ford Stewart
Date: 20 Jan 08 - 10:23 PM

Buffy is still with us. Her cancer has been in remission for a few years. She is a strong lady. I'm sure she will be happy to know that you asked about her.
Barbara


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Subject: RIP John Stewart
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Jan 08 - 09:09 AM

John Stewart has passed away. He was a magnificent poet, songwriter and storyteller of Americana. Peace be with Buffy and the rest of the family

from the Los Angeles Times

By Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
January 21, 2008
John Stewart, an intense troubadour who helped set the standards for the singer-songwriter movement of the early 1970s with his classic album "California Bloodlines," died Saturday in his hometown of San Diego after suffering a stroke. He was 68.

Stewart didn't match that acclaim again, but in the long solo career that followed his seven years with the Kingston Trio, he recorded more than 45 albums, flirted with chart success, pioneered the independent recording and release of records, and remained a hard-touring folk patriarch with a loyal following.

Stewart, who lived in Novato in Northern California, had a concert scheduled at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica on Feb. 2 and was in San Diego to complete work on a new album.

Recorded in Nashville with some of the musicians who worked on Bob Dylan's "Nashville Skyline," "California Bloodlines" wasn't a commercial hit when it came out in 1969, but its folk-country blend and Stewart's literary use of quintessential American characters and geography have resonated through the decades in the folk genre that has become known as Americana.

" 'California Bloodlines' is a vision of America written after traveling around the country spending my boyhood on racetracks," Stewart, whose father was a horse trainer, said in a 2003 interview with the San Jose Mercury News. "When I left the Trio, I was reading [Jack] Kerouac and [John] Steinbeck with Andrew Wyeth prints hanging on my wall. All that somehow took me to the songs on that record."

The album was included in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 200 best albums of all time, and on his 2006 album "West of the West," contemporary folk mainstay Dave Alvin recorded the title song, with its evocative refrain: "Oh, there's California bloodlines in my heart/And a California woman in my song/Oh, there's California bloodlines in my heart/And a California heartbeat in my soul."

"[Stewart] was probably one of the greatest songwriters around," Roz Larman, the longtime host of KPFK-FM's "Folk Scene" radio program, told the Los Angeles Times on Sunday. "He wrote songs about the United States. You could tell he really loved America. . . . He just knew this country real well, and he was just an amazing songwriter."

Born Sept. 5, 1939, in San Diego, Stewart started performing when he was a teenager in Pomona, and made three albums with the folk group Cumberland Three. He then joined the popular Kingston Trio in 1961 when founding member Dave Guard left the group.

After leaving the trio in 1967, Stewart hit the campaign trail with Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, who was seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, then began his solo career. His biggest song was "Daydream Believer," a No. 1 hit for the Monkees and also a chart single for Anne Murray. Rosanne Cash later found success with his "Runaway Train."

The biggest hit Stewart recorded himself was "Gold," from his 1979 Top 10 album "Bombs Away Dream Babies." On that project he collaborated with two artists who had studied the Kingston Trio's music when they were starting out -- Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.

For the most part, though, he remained a stalwart of the folk circuit. In 2000, he and his former Kingston Trio colleague Nick Reynolds founded the Trio Fantasy Camp in Scottsdale, Ariz., an annual event where fans could perform with the pair.

Stewart is survived by his wife, Buffy Ford Stewart; their son, Luke, and three children from a previous marriage, Mikael, Jeremy and Amy.

Services are pending.

richard.cromelin@latimes.com


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Subject: John Stewart - RIP
From: John on the Sunset Coast
Date: 21 Jan 08 - 12:15 PM

The obituary for John Stewart appears in today's Los Angeles Times. He was 68. He was a terrific performer, and a great songwriter. During his tenure with them, The Kingston Trio was better and more relevant than before or after.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Stewart (January 2008)
From: lesblank
Date: 21 Jan 08 - 01:44 PM

I echo John on the Sumset Coast -- Back in the days when I was haunting coffee houses open mikes, I formed attachments to two of the greatest folk groups ever - The Kingston Trio and Bud and Travis.
I remember when Dave Guard left and John Stewart joined. I had seen the Trio in concert twice (Long Beach and Santa Barbara)and was sorely disappointed when Dave left - I couldn't fathom anyone taking his place without lowering their show quality a bit. Boy, was I WRONG !! I went to another Trio concert in 1962 and was simply blown away by the new sound and it was new (Take Her Out of Pity was then and still is my favorite Stewart trio number). It seems all my favorites are leaving this world , but it is a better place for them having been here. God rest you John Stewart - and sing out with the angels !!


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Stewart (January 2008)
From: GUEST,THURLESTON UK
Date: 21 Jan 08 - 03:23 PM

FROM TURNTABLE TO CD FROM THE MEAN FIDDLER TO A PUB IN SCOTLAND HE ENTERTAINED AND PROVOKED DISCUSSION. HE WILL BE WITH US FOR EVER. SING WITH THE WINGLESS ANGELS JOHN.SEE YOU ALONG THE WAY.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Stewart (January 2008)
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 21 Jan 08 - 06:31 PM

So sorry to hear it. The man sure had some golden pipes.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Stewart (January 2008)
From: GUEST,Denise
Date: 21 Jan 08 - 09:17 PM

John's passing was sudden and, thankfully, painless. Peace be with Buffy and the kids but also to his dearest friends who supported and loved him (Greg, Dave, Hoke, DeLisle and the Bloodliners who met faithfully at McCabe's). My prayers are especially with you guys.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Stewart (January 2008)
From: Amos
Date: 22 Jan 08 - 10:13 PM

John Stewart does Daydream Believer.

A


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Stewart (January 2008)
From: kendall
Date: 23 Jan 08 - 09:46 AM

Another man done gone. Damn.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Stewart (January 2008)
From: GUEST,EUGENE McGLOIN, SLIGO, IRELAND
Date: 26 Jan 08 - 07:45 PM

Big fan of John Stewart, from his time in 1968 with campaign of Robert Kennedy. Loved his later song about Jimmy Carter "Promise The Wind." My favourite album was the double disc released by Bear Records in Germany of the 1974 Phoenix Concert sessions. It is one of the superior live albums in popular music, lots of great musicians and Buffy Ford at her peak. Everything was there the epic "Pirates of Stone County Road, the even more epic "Mother Country," "Cody," "California Bloodlines" "You Cant Look Back," "July You're A Woman."

California Bloodlines was a great pioneering album in late 1960s, which I have owned in LP, cassette and CD format.

As an Irish citizen I first remember John Stewart as a member of the Kingston Trio because they had a big hit with Dominic Behan's political song "The Patriot Game." Here in Ireland it was the late Bill Graham who first brought Stewart to wider popular appeal through his writing in Hot Press (music fans will know that Bill Graham also earns special mention from U2 on several of the albums). Sandy Harsch also devoted her radio programme to John Stewart on Saturday January 26th 2008 (rte.ie - radio one - programme: Country Time - Saturday schedule)

Anyway, my abiding memory of John Stewart is of first hearing "California Bloodlines," each track better than the other but of him spelling out that great story of old man going blind - E. A. Stuart "spelled S-T-U-A-R-T" as he prepares for a final encounter with his beloved horses in "Mother Country." Real writing. Rest easy. Fan: Eugene McGloin, Sligo. Ireland


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Stewart (January 2008)
From: GUEST,livi
Date: 28 Jan 08 - 02:41 PM

My best friend.... John. Always there singing and pickin' and entertaining me when I'm at my easel. You'll be there tomorrow and always, butI would have liked to have been July for a day.


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Subject: Obit: John Stewart (Kingston Trio) 19 Jan 08
From: The Villan
Date: 05 Mar 08 - 02:57 AM

My sincere apologies if a thread was already created,but I haven't managed to find it.

We had visitors last night and were discussing John Stewart of The Kingston Trio.

My friend was saying how he recently had been doing a song by John Stewart, he wasn't sure, but he thought he had recently passed away.

So we googled him and sure enough we found this.

John Stewart

So from me RIP John


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