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- Jay Allen Sanford
Good Times Start and End Guitarist John Stewart played in the Kingston Trio from 1961 to '67. The trio helped launch the American folk craze that preceded the British Invasion.
"He was visiting my Uncle Nick [Reynolds, cofounder of the Kingston Trio] for dinner," recalls guitarist Joey Harris of Stewart's January 17 visit to Reynolds's Coronado home. "He was feeling a little headachy, so he went back with [wife] Buffy to their room at the Hotel del Coronado."
"Buffy called me at two in the morning," says Greg Jorgenson, a longtime friend of Stewart. "She told me John had trouble talking. She had already called the ambulance."
Following a massive stroke or brain aneurysm, Stewart died at Scripps Mercy Hospital in Hillcrest on January 20. "It was the same hospital he was born in [in 1939]," says Jorgenson.
After the Kingston Trio, Stewart went on to record 45 albums, including 1969's California Bloodlines, which was named number 36 of the Top 200 albums of all time by Rolling Stone. Stewart wrote "Daydream Believer" for the Monkees around the time he left the Kingston Trio.
"I joined John's backup band in 1975, right after I got out of [Coronado] high school," says Harris, who played with the Beat Farmers for 11 years. "I was with him until 1979, when Lindsey Buckingham convinced him to pick up an electric guitar. We agreed I should leave the band."
Both Jorgenson and Harris say that Stewart had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease last summer. "Hardly anyone knew about it," says Jorgenson. "Unless you really, really knew him, you couldn't tell he had it."
Jorgenson says Stewart lived in San Diego before moving to Pasadena at a young age. He says Lindsey Buckingham recently performed on four songs for Stewart's new album, recorded at Jorgenson's Pasadena-area studio. He says Stewart's wife now owns the masters to the unnamed album, which is planned for a springtime release.
"It's kind of a car-themed album," says Jorgenson. "One of the songs is 'I Will Never Drive Again,' which addresses the Alzheimer's situation. Once you're diagnosed, you can't drive."
- Ken Leighton
Stormy Weather... Smooth jazz guitarist Patrick Yandall releases his tenth album, Laws of Groovity, in April, but two of the tunes, "Viejo Amigo" and "Gaviotas," are already getting airplay, albeit in a less-than-obvious location: the Weather Channel (founded in 1982 by another San Diegan - KUSI weatherman John Coleman).
The station has played Yandall's music as background for three years.
"I submitted some songs to a licensing firm in L.A., and they immediately asked if they could resubmit them to the Weather Channel," explains Yandall. He's been a mainstay of the station ever since. "The company told me my music had become an example of what they liked."
The Weather Channel has attracted a hard-core group of music fans who have posted screenshots of weather reports, featuring Yandall's music, on YouTube. The station took notice of the interest in its soundtrack and in October of last year released a music compilation (though no Yandall compositions are included).
"Royalties are royalties," comments Yandall about his music being used as aural wallpaper. "It allows me to do projects and not have to work a day gig, other than producing and practicing music."
Yandall acknowledges the Weather Channel is an unusual place for his music to find a home, but it's not the strangest place he's come across it.
"One time I was in a bathroom at a casino and I heard one of my tunes. Weird feeling, but it means royalties."
- Bart Mendoza