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.
Stewart went fishing instead. “I always loved fishing and did it every chance I got,” he said, “I had been on boats since I was a little kid. So when rock- and - roll came in and singing jobs were harder and harder to find I decided to study for my Captain’s license. I eventually owned and operated a 90 foot charter boat and sailed daily from Sheepshead Bay, NY. The boat was called the“BIG CAPT BOB”.
A chance meeting with pianist Harold Danko one night in a downtown NYC night spot started Bob to thinking about resuming his singing career again.
“Harold asked me to sit in. I hadn’t appeared in person in years but I did it that night and everything seemed to come right back,” he said