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John Stewart

John Stewart first gained recognition as a songwriter when his songs were recorded by the Kingston Trio. In 1960, he formed the Cumberland Three, which recorded three albums for Roulette. The following year, he joined the Kingston Trio, replacing Dave Guard, and stayed with them until 1967. His song "Daydream Believer" was a number one hit for the Monkees at the end of that year. Stewart traveled with Senator Robert Kennedy on his 1968 presidential campaign, an experience that affected him deeply. In 1969, he released his classic album California Bloodlines, the first of seven solo albums to reach the charts through 1980.

Stewart found his biggest commercial success with the Top Ten album Bombs Away Dream Babies and its single "Gold" in 1979. He released several of his albums and albums by others on his own Homecoming label starting in the 1980s. Airdream Believer appeared on Shanachie in 1995, followed by The American Folk Song Anthology on Delta in 1996. Rough Sketches and the live Bandera were released in 1997 and 1998, respectively, by Folk Era. Stewart signed with Appleseed Recordings in 2000, and his next three albums, Wires from the Bunker (2000), Havana (2003), and The Day the River Sang (2006), all appeared on the Appleseed imprint. Following Stewart's death on January 19, 2008, in San Diego, CA, Folk Era released a previously unheard live set (recorded at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, AZ, on November 30, 1973) as Bite My Foot in 2009. ~ William Ruhlmann
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Selected Discography


Track List: Taakeedein (Single)

1. Taakeedein (Feat. Sonu Nigam & Illhama Qasimova)


Track List: Wingless Angels

1. Hung On The Heart

2. Rose Water

3. Wingless Angels/Survivors II

4. Some Kind Of Love

5. Survivors

6. Summer Child

7. Josie

8. Ride Stone Blind

9. Mazatlan/Adelita

10. Let The Big Horse Run


Track List: Cannons In The Rain

1. Durango

2. Chilly Winds

3. Easy Money

4. Anna On A Memory

5. All Time Woman

6. Road Away

7. Armstrong

8. Spirit

9. Wind Dies Down

10. Cannons In The Rain

11. Lady And The Outlaw


Track List: Rhino Hi-Five: John Stewart

1. Daydream Believer

2. Wild Horse Road

3. Cheyenne

4. Sunstorm

5. Lonesome John


Track List: The Day The River Sang

1. Baby, It's You

2. Jasmine

3. East Of Denver

4. The Day The River Sang

5. Run The Ridges

6. New Orleans

7. Golden Gate Fields

8. Amanda Won't Dance

9. Sister Mercy

10. Broken Roses

11. Naked Angel On A Star-Crossed Train

12. Midnight Train

13. Slider


Track List: Havana

1. Davey On The Internet

2. Who Stole The Soul Of Johnny Dreams

3. One-Eyed Joe

4. Starman

5. Dogs In The Bed

6. Rock 'n' Roll Nation

7. Cowboy In The Distance

8. I Want To Be Elvis

9. Star In The Black Sky Shining

10. Turn Of The Century (Diana)

11. Miracle Girl

12. Lucky Old Sun

13. Waltz Of The Crazy Moon

14. Rally Down The Night

15. Waiting For Castro To Die


Track List: Wires From The Bunker

1. American Way

2. Under Heavy Fire

3. Same Old Heart

4. When The Night Was Ours

5. Hot On The Trail

6. Molly And Tenbrooks

7. The Escape Of Old John Webb

8. Molly Dee

9. Liddy Buck

10. Cheyenne

11. It Might As Well Be Love

12. Wide Eyed In Babylon

13. High Flying Eagle

14. Tears Of The Sun

15. All The Desperate Men

16. Diamonds In The Coal

17. One Shining Day

18. Rockin' As The Night Rolls On


Track List: Airdream Believer

1. Lost Her In The Sun

2. Midnight Wind

3. Get Rhythm

4. Justiceville

5. Daydream Believer

6. July You're A Woman

7. Shadows Of The Angels Wings

8. Dreamers On The Rise

9. The Reverend Mr. Black

10. People In The Mirror

11. Gold

12. Armstrong

13. The Ghost Inside Of Me

14. I Remember America


Track List: Bullets In The Hourglass

1. Irresistible Targets

2. American Nights

3. Looking For Jack

4. Women

5. The River

6. Seven Times The Wind

7. Dealing With The Night

8. The Wheel Within The Clay

9. Bad Rats

10. The Man Who Would Be King


Track List: Cannons In The Rain/Wingless Angel

1. Durango

2. Chilly Winds

3. Easy Money

4. Anna on Memory

5. All Time Woman

6. Road Away

8. Wind Dies Down

9. Cannons In The Rain

10. Lady and the Outlaw

12. Rose Water

14. Some Kind Of Love

15. Survivors

16. Summer Child

17. Josie

18. Ride Stone Blind

20. Let The Big Horse Run


Track List: California Bloodlines - Willard (Minus Two)

1. California Bloodlines

3. She Believes In Me

4. Omaha Rainbow

5. Pirates Of Stone County Road

6. Shackles And Chains

7. Mother Country

9. You Can't Look Back

11. July You're A Woman

12. Never Goin' Back

13. Big Joe

14. Julie, Judy, Angel Rain

15. Belly Full Of Tennessee

16. Friend Of Jesus

17. Clack Clack

18. Hero From The War

19. Back In Pomona

20. Willard

21. Golden Rollin' Belly

22. All American Girl

23. Oldest Living Son


Track List: Punch The Big Guy

1. Angels With Guns

2. Strange Rivers

3. Hunters Of The Sun

4. Price Of The Fire

5. Midnight Of The World

6. Night Of A Distant Star

7. Botswanna

8. Ticket To The Stars

9. Runaway Train

10. Children Of The New Frontier


Track List: bombs away dream babies

1. Gold

2. Lost Her In The Sun

3. Runaway Fool of Love

5. Midnight Wind

10. Hand Your Heart to the Wind


Track List: The Phoenix Concerts: Live (With Bonus Tracks)

1. Wheatfield Lady (Live)

2. Kansas Rain (Live)

3. You Can't Look Back (Live)

4. The Pirates Of Stone County Road (Live)

5. The Runaway Fool Of Love (Live)

6. Roll Away The Stone (Live)

7. July, You're A Woman (Live)

8. The Last Campaign Trilogy (Live)

9. Oldest Living Son (Live)

10. Little Road And A Stone To Roll (Live)

11. Kansas (Live)

12. Cody (Live)

13. California Bloodlines (Live)

14. Mother Country (Live)

15. Cops (Live)

16. Never Goin' Back (To Nashville Anymore) (Live)

17. Freeway Of Pleasure (Live)

18. Let The Big Horse Run (Live)


Track List: Sunstorm

1. Kansas Rain

2. Cheyenne

3. Bring It Home

4. Sunstorm

5. Arkansas Breakout

6. An Account Of Haley's Comet

7. Joe

8. Light Come Shine

9. Lonesome John

10. Drive Again


Track List: Lonesome Picker Rides Again

1. Just An Old Love Song

2. The Road Shines Bright

3. Touch Of The Sun

4. Bolinas

5. Freeway Pressure

6. Swift Lizard (Live)

7. Wolves In The Kitchen (Live)

8. Little Road And A Stone To Roll

9. Daydream Believer

10. Crazy

11. Wild Horse Road

12. All The Brave Horses


Track List: Willard

1. Big Joe

2. Julie, Judy, Angel Rain

3. Belly Full Of Tennessee

4. Friend Of Jesus

5. Clack Clack

6. Hero From The War

7. Back In Pomona

8. Willard

9. Golden Rollin' Belly

10. All American Girl

11. Oldest Living Son

12. Earth Rider

13. Great White Cathedrals

14. Marshall Wind

15. Naked Angel


Track List: California Bloodlines

1. California Bloodlines

2. Razorback Woman

3. She Believes In Me

4. Omaha Rainbow

5. The Pirates Of Stone County Road

6. Shackles And Chains

7. Mother Country

8. Lonesome Picker

9. You Can't Look Back

10. Missouri Bird

11. July, You're A Woman

12. Never Goin' Back


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Did anyone see JS at the GRB in Del Mar?
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Highly underappreci a t e d artist!
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we should fly like the midnight wind we need to be tonight my Mike your Mimi my soul crushing in the midnight wind
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I'll be down my Mike be there for me your mimi
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michaelrocks 6 8
Thank you. I nearly forgot this. : )
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Great song...great memories.
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I love Stevie Nicks background vocals.
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Love that song, jd
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Thanks, poster jptafn5, for the comments about KDKB and Toad Hall. So well remember KDKB....what a great station! Discovered JS at ASU and fell in love, love, love. Followed him at every concert in Phoenix, many at the Celebrity Theater, and with every single album. Last saw him at the Guitar Shop in L.A. / Hollywood when a dear friend from our Guam days surprised me with tickets when I was visiting. Could that have been the mid to late 80's? Remember the day he passed. Grey cloud over my head.
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John Stewart deserves more than 2 paragraphs for a bio--just because I like him!
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First saw John by mistake at the Ice House in Pasadena sometime in late 60's. We had gone to see the Dillards but they couldn't perform. I think Doug was sick. So they got this JS guy to play instead. We were bummed 'cause we had never heard of him. That changed quickly once he started playing. Amazing show, just him on guitar and a guy on bass. What a talented entertainer, I'll never forget that performance.
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I first JS at Chuck's Cellar and then went to see him every time he was in the Bay Area. Timeless music and he is missed by many I am certain. He lives here on Pandora!
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I brought him to Carroll College in the early 70'sfor a concert.grea t time for all
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Mid-late stuff is underplayed and underrated. Try Bullets in the Hourglass or Punch the Big Guy. The songwriting is ok on The Day the River Sang but his voice was just shot by then. Still, you can recognize the production in a second.
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Awesome! Had me up on my feet and dancing !:)
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Thanks KDKB and Toad Hall listening at Asu in 72 freshman year.
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Bill of Temecula - i cried the day he died and my son called to give me the news. Laid on the floor in my apt. in Manhattan Beach in the 70s listening for hours.
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First heard JS live at the Ice House in Pasadena & Glendale, Ca, back in the mid 60's....Hear d the songs of Calif Bloodlines live, before the album came out. Not long after Robert Kennedy was shot, he did his song about travelling with Kennedy, and then 'shoot all the wild horses'... and there was not a dry eye in the house.. including JS. then he did 'But you Can't Look Back... and pulled us all out of a funk/sad place. He was a great musician, great storyteller- and powerful performer...
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My husband took me to see JS; I was the first date he ever took with him to see JS. I was an instant FAN. MISS THOSE DATES been married 18 yrs now. Miss u so much JS.
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We saw John for several nights in East Lansing in 1970. God how I miss him.
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Driving my '66 Mustang, with my elbow hanging out the window, my hair blowing in the breeze (back when I had hair!) and "Gold" blasting on the radio. Feeling as though life couldn't get any better! That was in back 1979. Listening to "Gold" today resonates much in the same way, minus my hair of course. Great memories.
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Saw Stewart at Phx Concerts in 73, to this day one of the greatest concerts I have been privileged to attend. My dates always loved seeing JS, if you know what I mean.
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Johnny Stew follower since first hearing Mother Country in '72. Highlights I was lucky enuf to hear and see: Lindsey Buckingham suddenly running up on stage at the Palomino Club to play alongside John about '80 or '81; My wife leaving for the gals room. Stewart notices, says he'll wait. Easy for him. He was a great storyteller long before the show. That was in Nevada City mid 80's; Many years later at the old Palms, quietly, tearfully, thanking Stewartistas for wife's eye operation.
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Love this song
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Been a big John Stewart fan for 10 years now. I discovered him relatively late in life, but all the better for me as so much music that I loved as a child has now grown stale! But my goodness what a song writer is John! He was a poetic lyricist that had an awesome ability to conjure up gritty images of Americana that may be all but lost now. Pandora, please do your best to get some of John's less popified music into your collection. He is a folk legend that deserves to be heard!
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Yes Randy, it is Stevie Nicks you are hearing on Gold. This song sounds like a Fleetwood Mac tune for sure even without Stevie being on it.
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Is that Stevie Nicks singing background? Probably an obvious yes but was always curious and I didn't see anything here one way or another.
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I agree with a couple of the other posters: Phoenix Concerts live was a huge influence on a group of us hanging tight and hanging on in Eastern Oregon back in the mid 70s. Wonderful, soulful songs.
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One of my favorite albums of all time. Greatly influenced me. Was trilled to find it again
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Like so many who have left comments here about John, the man and his music were a huge influence on my life and my own music. I saw him often enough that he knew me by sight and name, and would always take the time to say hello. When he died, I couldn't believe I would never hear him play again, stayed up all night and wrote a song for him. Bless you, John, and thank you for the gifts you gave us.
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my older brother was in college in the 60's and of course brought home trio albums/ had the pleasure of seeing them with him in the mid 60's. i was drafted in 69 and to this day credit calif.bloodl i n e s with getting me thru that mess. don't have a fav song or album. they're ALL great in my opinion. God bless you john and Buffy also you are greatly missed ricardo
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The California Bloodlines album cover you see here was a compilation of 2 albums that was all of California Bloodlines and Willard minus 2 songs. California Bloodlines had another black and white cover. He wrote songs for Dolly, Kingston Trio, Monkeys and so many more. His better music was was the less electronical l y aided. I hope Pandora can dig up more obscure tunes for his station, because I get too much Guthrie. Lonesome Picker Rides Again in a great album. Fine man, John Stewart was.
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new to pandora here, why is john's 'dream babies go to hollywood' so overlooked? got an old cassette that drags so bad it cant be copied.....c o m e on pandora!
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John music has been a huge infulence on my life ever since his Kingston Trio days. I wish Pandora would list more of John's albums such as BLONDES and PUNCH THE BIG GUY. Both of these are underrated and two of John's best, I feel. John you are greatly missed! God bless!
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One of my all time favorites. I was introduced to him through his classic live album The Phoenix Concerts. Completely underrated and unappreciate d .
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John Stewart is one of the great American song writers. He had the ability to capture the spirit of the Country and its people in song. Mr Stewart never got the degree of recognition he deserved but he clearly loved what he did and he stayed true to himself and his craft. His music has been a touchstone for so many years.... always fresh, always rewarding, always insightful and always grounded. God Bless you John... and thank you for the wonderful gifts you left to us.
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I knew John and we were friends. There were countless nights that we'd sit over drinks or coffee in some westside restaurant until the early morning hours. We talked, and laughed and mostly enjoyed the moment. It's been a while and I miss him still.
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Thanks to campbell3459 for the reminder about early 70s Phoenix radio - KDKB used to play a great variety of rock (such as John Stewart) and somehow managed *not* to run the good songs into the ground. John Stewart was like a really talented family member who never stayed away too long. Thanks
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why does this guy look and sound like Johhny Cash?
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From the first moment that a friend told me that John has released his solo album, Signals Through The Glass, I was hooked. Calfiornia Bloodlines remains one of my top albums of all time. I saw him perform innumerable times from the 60's through the 90's. He never got the recognition he deserved, but I have to believe that his life was both rich and filled with challenges. I continue to play his will live on for generations.
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John left a lifetime of great impressions on me. Rest in Peace, John. Your heart was in your music and your music is in my heart. Check out Mother Country I Do Love You. One of the greatest American Songs ever written
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KDKB in Phoenix used to play him all the time in the 70s. His music was pure and made you smile.
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There will never be another singer/songw r i t e r like JS!! We miss ya John. For those who don't know - ya would not even have Americana genera had it not been for John.
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Didn't he do a duet with Stevie Nicks called "Gold"? I love that song.
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I was captivated by KT3 and other folk artists in the early 60's and regret that I never had the chance to see John perform with KT3. Went to several new KT3 in the 80's and 90's and saw John perform at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica. First stand alone John Stewart song I heard was 'July, You're a Woman' on the way to Yosemite from Ft. Ord spring of 1976. John had a wonderful way of singing his ballads to touch the soul of his followers. His music lives on..........
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This is one of those songs that I heard on once or twice on commercial radio back in 1979 -- probably 3 or 4 am on a tiny fm receiver.

I never knew the artist, or even song title. But the song has stayed with me all this time.

Thank you Pandora!
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Hey Bret! John Stewart's album TALL BLONDES is a classic!! I worn out the record, the cassette and the CD is always on top of the stack! QUEEN OF HOLLYWOOD HIGH is a winner on this album!
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