Robert Hunter (Grateful Dead) Bio, Wiki, Age, Wife (Maureen Hunter), Family, Cause of Death, Net Worth, Obituary and Songs
Robert Hunter Bio – Robert Hunter Wiki
Robert Hunter born Robert Burns, was an American lyricist, singer-songwriter, translator, and poet.
In 1961, Hunter met future Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia, and the two played together in various bluegrass groups before Hunter chose to pursue his writing. As a student at Stanford in the early ’60s, Hunter was a volunteer test subject in CIA-sponsored MK-Ultra LSD, psilocybin, and mescaline experiments alongside writers Ken Kesey and Allen Ginsberg.
After leaving Stanford, Hunter headed to the Southwest where he struggled with drug addiction. During that time, he sent some songs he wrote to Garcia, who then invited him to become the Grateful Dead’s lyricist. Hunter joined the band in 1967, when he began writing the lyrics to “Dark Star” at a rehearsal.
Over the years, Hunter penned the words to Dead classics like “Ripple,” “Box of Rain,” “Scarlet Begonias,” “Dark Star,” and “Touch of Grey.” His lyrical contributions to the Dead were often considered the group’s soul. When the Grateful Dead were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, Hunter was included, the only non-performer ever honored as a band member. Later, in 2015, Hunter was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Beyond writing for the Dead, Hunter released several solo records and poetry volumes. He also held a notable creative partnership with Bob Dylan, co-writing songs on 1988’s Down in the Groove, 2009’s Together Through Life, and 2012’s Tempest. In addition, Hunter wrote songs for Elvis Costello, Jim Lauderdale, and Bruce Hornsby, including “Take You There (Misty)” off this year’s Absolute Zero.
In 2013, the Americana Music Association gave Hunter its lifetime achievement award for songwriting. In 2015, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame along with the late Garcia.
Robert Hunter Age
He was born on June 23, 1941 in San Luis Obispo, California, United States. He died on September 23, 2019. He was 78 years old.
Robert Hunter Wife
Hunter was married to his wife Maureen Hunter whom he married in 1982.
Robert Hunter Children
Hunter and his wife Maureen have a daughter, Kate, born in 1991.
Robert Hunter Death
Hunter died on September 23, 2019 at his home. Robert Hunter’s family announced in a statement: “It is with great sadness we confirm our beloved Robert passed away yesterday night. He died peacefully at home in his bed, surrounded by love. His wife Maureen was by his side holding his hand. For his fans that have loved and supported him all these years, take comfort in knowing that his words are all around us, and in that way his is never truly gone. In this time of grief please celebrate him the way you all know how, by being together and listening to the music. Let there be songs to fill the air.”
Robert Hunter Cause of Death
Robert Hunter’s cause of death was not revealed.
Robert Hunter Net Worth
Information about Robert Hunter’s net worth is being updated.
Robert Hunter Songs
- Brokedown Palace
- Black Muddy River
- Box of Rain
- Casey Jones
- China Cat Sunflower
- Dark Star
- Eyes of the World
- Franklin’s Tower
- Friend of the Devil
- Greatest Story Ever Told
- Jack Straw
- Playing in the Band
- Rooster Rag
- Rubin and Cherise
- Scarlet Begonias
- St. Stephen
- Sugar Magnolia
- Terrapin Station
- Touch of Grey
- Uncle John’s Band