Monday, April 6, 2020

Daydream Believer

A change of pace today, with Daydream Believer as today's #quarantinehootenanny (#20 of ???). A big hit for the Monkees (after being turned down by a couple of other artists), it was written by John Stewart, then of the Kingston Trio (no, not that other Jon Stewart).

Stewart wrote a lot of great songs for many artists, including Never Going Back to Nashville for the Lovin' Spoonful; and one of the first songs I ever learned to play.

As a solo artist, however, Stewart only had a few hits in his long career. The biggest hit probably being Gold, featuring background vocals by Stevie Nicks and guitar by Lindsay Buckingham. ("Driving over Kanan, Singing to my soul, There's people out there turning music into gold.")

At one time in the mid-80s I worked his nephew James at a book store (yes, James Stewart, but not the actor). James got me a guitar strap signed by his uncle that was very cool.

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