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Bob "Saloon" Stewart

Born: February 3, 1945    Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Bob "Saloon" Stewart

BOB STEWART’S baritone embodies the warmth and understanding to turn the great standards of American music into poetic statements. But when his career was beginning to flower, the bloom was fading from his line of work. “I had been making the Down Beat polls of the leading 10 best male singers,” Stewart said the other day, ”Then Elvis came along and changed everything.” Not quite everything. Stewart has retained his vocal ability, which is apparent in his recordings and personal appearances. Until now, he didn’t fight what had become the steamrolling affect of rock-and-roll. Some others did, especially those who had achieved high profiles, such as Vic Damone, Tony Bennett and Jack Jones. But they struggled in a diminishing spotlight....
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“…Bob Stewart’s sound is like the softest velvet. He created a lush seductive moment. His treatment of lyrics has the touch of a master!” …MARTIN SCHAEFFER, VARIETY

“…he is one of the great straight - ahead jazz singers of our time!” …JERRY L. ATKINS - KTXK, FM, TEXARKANA, TX

“…they have just about all gone. All the great singers, Crosby, Sinatra, Haymes, Eckstine and so many more that were literate and meaningful. Almost all gone but we nostalgics still have Bob Stewart!” …KEN MEADES, jazz art@newbernnc.com

“…Rod Stewart, Cindy Lauper and others are turning to the “Great American Song Book” because it contains some of the best popular songs ever written. But Bob Stewart got there first, knows them inside out and has the type voice that they were written for!”…RON BIERMAN, RAMBLES

“…he dazzled the audience with a voice that would make a bobby soxer swoon. He is one of the last and best of the saloon singers!” !…FRED TREE, APPLAUSE! APPLAUSE!

“…Bob Stewart is more than a style crooner - he is a superb singer. He has impeccable taste, unerring musicianship, a high degree of sensitivity to a lyric and a way of phrasing that has roots in the big band days…I believe that he one of the most persuasively romantic ballad singers of our day!” …JOHNNY ADAMS. THE MONTEREY COUNTY POST

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