John Stewart
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John Stewart was a friend of Frank Zappa in the late 1950s, before he joined the Kingston Trio in 1961. That folk group (founded in 1958 in San Francisco) was at peak of its popularity, after a string of successful albums (five of them had reached the top of the pop charts). In 1967 the Monkees took his Daydream Believer to the top of the charts, and Stewart decided it was about time to start a solo career. Signals Through the Glass (Capitol, 1968) is the work of a folksinger in the acoustic style of the Greenwich Movement movement, and contains the original version of July You're a Woman. California Bloodlines (Capitol, 1969) remains one of his most moving collections (California Bloodlines, Omaha Rainbow, Pirates Of Stone County Road). Willard (Capitol, 1970), that contains Julie Judy Angel Rain and Great White Cathedrals, Lonesome Picker Rides Again (Warner, 1971), that contains All the Brave Horses and Freeway Pleasure, Sunstorm (Warner, 1972), that contains Kansas Rain and Light Come Shine, Cannons in the Rain (RCA, 1973), that contains Anna On A Memory and Armstrong/Spirit, Wingless Angels (RCA, 1975), and Fire in the Rain (RSO, 1977) went mostly unnoticed.

A better production (Lidnsay Buckingham) and electric guitar turned Bombs Away Dream Babies (RSO, 1979) into a bestseller (Gold, Midnight Wind, Lost Her In The Sun), but the popularity lasted only till Dream Babies Go Hollywood (RSO, 1980), that contains Wind On The River and Wheels Of Thunder.

Blondes (Allegiance, 1982), that contains The Queen Of Hollywood High and Angeles, and Trancas (Homecoming, 1984) did not add much to his repertory, but the all-instrumental Centennial (Homecoming, 1985), reissued as American Sketches (1990), was possibly his masterpiece.

Stewart continued recording dignified stories of America, despite his poor sales: Punch the Big Guy (Cypress, 1987), that contains Runaway Train and Midnight Of The World, Bullets in the Hourglass (Shanachie, 1992), Theresa and the Lost Songs (Crow, 1992), the all-instrumental Savannah (Crow, 1992), Rocket Roy in the Real World (Crow, 1993), Last Campaign (Crow, 1996), that contains Dreamers On The Rise, Rough Sketches (Crow, 1996), John Stewart & Darwin's Army (Appleseed, 1999).

He is also the author of Sweet Dreams Will Come, Shadow Of The Angels Wings and I Remember America.

Gold (2000) is a double-CD career anthology.

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