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1939 - 2008
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John Stewart was an American singer/songwriter, born in San Diego, California on 5 September 1939 and whose career spanned over 40 years.
I discovered John in the summer of 1974 (I was 19 at the time). My stepdad had a decorating business in Liverpool and asked me to work for him, during the college vacation, delivering supplies in a Bedford pick-up truck. Since the truck had no radio, I used to keep a battery-operated radio/cassette player on the passenger seat.
One day, I decided to go to the local record shop (or store if you are American) to browse the albums. (CDs hadn't been discovered then). Once in the truck, I turned on the radio to the local station. The song they were playing was "July, You're A Woman"; I was totally knocked out. "Who is this?", I thought. At first, I thought it was Johnny Cash (whom I really admire) but the voice wasn't as earthy and the backing wasn't familiar. Unfortunately, when the song came to an end they went straight into a news bulletin and didn't say who the singer was. I was furious.
I couldn't believe it when I arrived at the record shop (sorry, store) and they were playing the same song.
"Who is that singing?" I asked the assistant.
He showed me the album sleeve and it was the Phoenix Concerts double album.
"I'll take it," I said, payed him the money and left.
That summer I listened to nothing but this album and used to sing the songs from it whilst driving around in the truck. Since then I have bought any John Stewart recordings I have been able to lay my hands on and have been to a number of his gigs here in UK - he is still my favourite.
Anyway, I won't bore you any more with my ramblings, except to say that this page is a tribute to a great singer/songwriter and will always be under construction. Please feel free to email me if you have any information, news, views, comments or criticism.
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Bob Elliot (Webmaster)