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James Dewar


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James Dewar (12 October 1942, in Glasgow – 16 May 2002 in Glasgow) was a Scottish 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.

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 one of the greatest white soul singers, performing in front of sold-out stadiums and concert halls across the United States at the crest of the 1970s classic rock era. The Scotsman had a rich, powerful voice, with a soulful timbre, and was widely regarded as one of the most under-rated rock vocalists. Deep, gritty, and resonating, his style shows the influence of Ray Charles and Otis Redding. Along with fellow Brits Paul Rodgers and Frankie Miller, his voice is particularly suited for blues and soul-inspired material. In his best moments, Dewar was a vocalist extraordinaire, and many fans consider it a shame that he did not have more of an opportunity to explore his range.

With many of his friends, 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…

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  • ValtielXIII

    Indeed, very underrated musician, the owner of a magnificent voice. Some people called him "Pavarotti of a rock'n'roll" ... R.I.P. Jimmy, we'll be always love and remember you!

    10 Oct 2010 Reply
  • scannervomit

    A highly underrated rock vocalist. Wish this guy was still around, cause there was no one like him and there probably never will be.

    12 Aug 2010 Reply

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