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Posted on January 19, 2008

John Stewart

Member of the Kingston Trio

1939-2008

John Stewart, one time member of The Kingston Trio, passed away on Saturday, January 19, 2008. He was 68. Stewart suffered a massive stroke or brain aneurysm and died at a San Diego hospital. Stewart joined The Kingston Trio in 1961 after founding member Dave Guard left to pursue other musical opportunities. Stewart spent six years leading the group, during which time the band recorded 13 albums. Songs that were recorded with Stewart at the helm include “Greenback Dollar”, “Rev. Mr. Black” and “Desert Pete”. In addition to being a member of the Kingston Trio, Stewart also wrote a number of hits for other artists including Rosanne Cash’s hit “Runaway Train”. The best-known Stewart-penned song is probably “Daydream Believer”. The song was a huge hit for the Monkees in 1967 and also a hit for Anne Murray in 1980.

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