James Dewar (musician)

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James Dewar
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James Dewar in concert Photo: John McDavid
Background information
Birth name James Dewar
Born (1942-10-12)12 October 1942
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Died 16 May 2002(2002-05-16) (aged 59)
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Genres Hard rock, blues-rock, blue eyed soul
Occupations Musician, songwriter, record producer
Instruments Vocals, Electric Bass, guitar
Years active Early 1960s–1987
Associated acts Robin Trower, Stone The Crows, Lulu and The Luvvers

James Dewar (12 October 1942 – 16 May 2002) was a Scottish musician best known as the bassist and vocalist for Robin Trower and Stone the Crows, the latter having its beginnings as the resident band at the legendary Burns Howff in Glasgow.

Biography[edit]

Dewar's career began with Lulu and the Luvvers in the early 1960s. His career eventually reached its zenith with Robin Trower, a British rock power trio, after the 1974 release of the album Bridge of Sighs.

Dewar made his mark as an acclaimed blue eyed soul singer, performing in front of sold-out stadiums and concert halls at the crest of the 1970s classic rock era. The Scotsman had a rich, powerful voice, with a soulful timbre, and has been regarded by critics as one of the most under-rated rock vocalists.[citation needed] His vocal sound was deep, gritty, and resonating, his style shows the influence of Ray Charles and Otis Redding. Like Paul Rodgers and Frankie Miller, his voice evoked a bluesy, soul-inspired sound.

Dewar recorded his one solo album, Stumbledown Romancer, during the 1970s, at the height of his career, but it was not released until two decades later. He collaborated primarily with longtime Procol Harum organist Matthew Fisher on the album, with the title track relating a hard-luck story ...

...Stumbledown Romancer

I never made the grade

Never on the dance-floor when the music played

Always moving on when I should have stayed...

At Dykebar Hospital in Paisley, Scotland, Dewar died in May 2002 of a stroke after years of disability reportedly resulting from a medical error which damaged his brain in 1987. His funeral was held at Paisley's Woodside Crematorium.[1]

Discography[edit]

With Stone the Crows[edit]

on bass:

With Robin Trower Band[edit]

as lead singer and bassist:

as lead singer:

as lead singer and bassist:

Solo[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ shail. "Rock pioneer dies at the age of 59". Members.shaw.ca. Retrieved 2011-07-06. 
  2. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved 2011-07-06. 

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