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Died On This Date (December 7, 2011) Bob Burnett / The Highwaymen

Posted by themusicsover on December 7, 2011

Bob Burnett
February 7, 1940 – December 8, 2011

Photo by Mark Swirsky

Bob Burnett was an original member of the Highwaymen, an influential collegiate folk group whose “Michael Row Your Boat Ashore” and “Cotton Fields” were two of the most significant songs to come along during the ’60s folk scene.  Formed in 1958, the group drew sizable crowds along the college circuit while popularizing traditional American music to a whole new generation.  In 1961, the group scored its biggest hit with “Michael, Row Your Boat Ashore,” which reached #1 on the singles chart and sold over a million copies.  That was followed by the nearly as successful, “Cotton Fields.”  The Highwaymen broke up in 1964, freeing up Burnett to pursue a law degree from Harvard.  After accomplishing that, he went on to have a long and successful career in law and banking.  In 1990, the Highwaymen reunited for a second run which found them doing weekend concerts and recording several more albums.  Bob Burnett, 71, died as the result of brain cancer on December 7, 2011.  He follows band mates Chan Daniels, Dave Fisher, and later member, Gil Robbins (father of actor, Tim Robbins), who have all passed away as well.

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Died On This Date (August 6, 2011) Marshall Grant / Bassist For Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Two

Posted by themusicsover on August 6, 2011

Marshall Grant
May 1928 – August 6, 2011

Marshall Grant is perhaps best remembered as the bassist and back-up singer for Johnny Cash’s legendary Tennessee Two and later, the Tennessee Three when a drummer was added.  Born in North Carolina, Grant eventually landed in Memphis, Tennessee where he found work as an auto mechanic.  He was soon introduced to Cash by his older brother, Roy Cash, Sr., who was working for an automobile company at the time.  Grant, Cash, Luther Perkins,  and Red Kernodle began jamming together on guitar, and when they decided to add bass to the mix, Grant taught himself how to play the instrument.  The year was 1954, and Grant went on to play with Cash until 1980, helping change country music forever with their “boom-chicka-boom” sound.  He played on countless Cash recordings and was by his side for the legendary San Quentin and Folsom Prison gigs.  In 1980, Grant was fired by Cash during his much documented drug-riddled period, leading to bitter lawsuits which were eventually settled out of court.  Grant and Cash later reconciled their friendship and were reunited on stage in 1999.  Away from Cash, Grant can be heard on recordings by the likes of June Carter, Waylon Jennings, the Highwaymen, and Bob Dylan.  He also served as Cash’s manager as well as that of the Statler Brothers in later years.  In 2006, Grant released his memoirs, I Was There When it Happened: My Life With Johnny Cash.  He also became a respected power boat owner and racer.  Marshall Grant was 83 when he passed away on August 6, 2011.

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Died On This Date (April 5, 2011) Gil Robbins / The Highwaymen; Father Of Actor, Tim Robbins

Posted by themusicsover on April 5, 2011

Gil Robbins
April 3, 1931 – April 5, 2011

Gil Robbins was a folk singer-songwriter and bassist who is best remembered as part of the influential folk group, the Highwaymen.  Prior to Robbins joining the group, they had significant pop hits with “Michael Row Your Boat Ashore” and “Cottonfields.”  Born in Washington state and raised in Southern California – where he was the drum major of the UCLA marching band, Robbins eventually found himself immersed in the thriving folk scene of Greenwich Village in New York City.  He was a member of the Belafonte Singers (Harry Belafonte’s touring group), and the Cumberland Three.  For a time, he and Tom Paxton were writing and performing partners.  Robbins joined the Highwaymen in 1962 and played on five albums until they split up in 1964.  He has been credited for taking the band in a more political direction.  His children include actor, Tim Robbins. Gil Robbins died of prostate cancer on April 5, 2011.  He was 80.

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Died On This Date (August 2, 1975) Chan Daniels / The Highwaymen

Posted by themusicsover on August 2, 2010

Chan Daniels
January 1, 1940 – August 2, 1975

Chan Daniels at far right

Chan Daniels at far right

Chan Daniels was an original member of ’60s folk group, The Highwaymen who scored a couple of hits with “Michael,” and “Cotton Fields.”  Formed in 1958, The Highwaymen were very popular along the college folk circuit due, in part, to their political songs.  More pop-leaning and less confrontational than Bob Dylan or Phil Ochs, the Highwaymen found their audience alongside the likes of the Kingston Trio and New Christy Minstrals.  The group disbanded in 1964 as Daniels, Bob Burnett and Steve Butts opted to go to grad school.  They reunited on occasion in later years.  Chan Daniels passed away on August 2, 1975.



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Died On This Date (May 7, 2010) Dave Fisher / Lead Singer of the Highwaymen

Posted by themusicsover on May 7, 2010

Dave Fisher
DOB Unknown – May 7, 2010

Photo by Ken Greengrass

Dave Fisher is best remembered as the founding lead singer of ’60s folk group, the Highwaymen.  Formed in 1958, the group, along with the Kingston Trio, became popular along the college circuit while popularizing traditional American music with a whole new generation.  In 1961, the group scored their biggest hit with “Michael, Row Your Boat Ashore,” which reached #1 on the singles chart and sold over a million copies.  That was followed by the nearly as successful, “Cottonfields.”  The Highwaymen broke up in 1964, but reunited a handful of times in later years.  At one point, Fisher moved to Hollywood where he composed music for film and television and worked as a studio singer and musician.  He was 69 when he died of a rare blood disease on May 7, 2010.

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