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John Stewart (September 5, 1939 – January 19, 2008) was an American songwriter and singer. He is best-known as the songwriter of The Monkees
' No.1 hit song Daydream Believer, and he has also been recognized for his contributions to the American folk music movement of the early and mid 1960s while a member of The Kingston Trio (1961–1967).
Originally the main force of The Kingston Trio
, Stewart also released many solo albums the most successful of which was bombs away dream babies
in 1979, produced by Lindsey Buckingham
and featuring Stevie Nicks
from Fleetwood Mac
. The first single, "Gold", featuring Nicks singing back-up, proved to be his biggest hit reaching No.5 on the US charts.
Stewart suffered a massive stroke or brain aneurysm and died early Saturday, January 19, 2008, at a San Diego hospital.