James Dewar (musician)
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|Born||12 October 1942|
|Died||16 May 2002 (aged 59)|
Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland
|Genres||Hard rock, blues-rock, blue-eyed soul|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, singer, songwriter|
|Years active||Early 1960s–1987|
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 Burns Howff in Glasgow.
Dewar's career began with Lulu and the Luvvers in the early 1960s. His career eventually reached its zenith with the Robin Trower Band, 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 Scot had a rich, powerful voice, with a soulful timbre, and has been regarded by critics as one of the most under-rated rock vocalists. 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 former Procol Harum organist Matthew Fisher on the album, with the title track relating a hard-luck story ...
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 resulting from a rare medical condition, CADASIL, which caused a series of strokes. His funeral was held at Paisley's Woodside Crematorium.
With Stone the Crows
With Robin Trower Band
as lead singer and bassist (except where noted):
- 1973 Twice Removed from Yesterday
- 1974 Bridge of Sighs
- 1975 For Earth Below
- 1976 Robin Trower Live!
- 1976 Long Misty Days
- 1977 In City Dreams (lead singer only)
- 1978 Caravan to Midnight (lead singer only)
- 1979 Victims of the Fury
- 1983 Back It Up
- 1998 Stumbledown Romancer
- 2015 Word for Word CD single
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