John Stewart Dies
January 21, 2008 at 10:55 AM (PT)
JOHN STEWART, who wrote THE MONKEES hit "Daydream Believer" and helped create the style that came to be called Americana, died on SATURDAY at a SAN DIEGO hospital. He was 68. STEWART, who came to prominence in the 1960s as a member of the folk group THE KINGSTON TRIO, had a brain aneurysm, according to a statement on the group’s website, kingstontrio.com.
STEWART, who left the trio shortly before THE MONKEES released "Daydream Believer" in 1967, went on to record nearly four dozen solo albums, including "CALIFORNIA Bloodlines" and "Bombs Away Dream Babies." But STEWART was best known for writing songs for others, including JOAN BAEZ ("Strange Rivers") and ROSANNE CASH ("Runaway Train").
He joined the KINGSTON TRIO in 1961, replacing DAVE GUARD in the group that had helped usher in an American folk-music revival in the late 1950s. He recorded more than a dozen albums with the trio before beginning his solo career.
He is survived by his wife, BUFFY, and his children, MIKAEL, JEREMY, AMY and LUKE.