The Marshall Tucker Band family is mourning the loss of longtime band member and guitarist Stuart Swanlund. Swanlund passed away in his sleep at his Chicago home this past Saturday, August 4, 2012. Swanlund died of natural causes.
Swanlund joined The Marshall Tucker Band in 1985 where his slide guitar work added a new dimension to the band – on newer material as well as standards like “Searchin’ For A Rainbow,” “Can’t You See,” and “Fire On The Mountain.” "Stuart, or 'Stubie' as we called him, was the longest standing member of The Marshall Tucker Band from 1985, onward," says Marshall Tucker Band founding member Doug Gray. "He recently took a hiatus from the road due to health problems and even with those issues, Stuart's enthusiasm onstage never waivered. Our thoughts and prayers are with Stuart's family and those who knew him. We have lost a great friend."
Stuart Craig Swanlund was born in Puerto Rico on April 3, 1958. Swanlund was reared in Spartanburg, SC, where he would sit on his grandmother's porch and listen to his neighbor, Doug Gray, rehearse with a rock and roll band across the street. He was only five years old, and had no way of knowing he’d one day play alongside Gray and The Marshall Tucker Band. When not touring with The Marshall Tucker Band, Swanlund performed in Chicago with local band, the Tone Generators. According to Doug Gray, one of the highlights of Swanlund's time on the road with The Marshall Tucker Band was last winter when he performed on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium.
Swanlund is survived by his son, William "Billy" Swanlund, his lifelong partner Stacey Schmaren, three grandchildren and sister, Suzanne Spencer. He was 54 years old.
Funeral services for Swanlund will be held this Saturday, August 11 at 11:00 AM at the Good Shepherd Memorial Park in Boiling Springs, SC.
Flowers and cards may be sent to:
Good Shepherd Memorial Park
4164 Hwy 9
Boiling Springs, SC 29316
PHOTOS BY BARRY SIGMAN (TOP) AND CHRIS JOLES (RIGHT)
what sad news. I had the pleasure to get to know Stuart while I was doing photography for the band a few years back. I remember how great it was to spend some time getting to know him at the gigs....and how he always went out of his way to spend time and talk to me whenever I was there. I got some amazing photo's of him and alot of memories. My sympathys to his family and the band. Another example of why need to take life"24 hours at a time". RIP
The "Tucker" Band has always been one of my Favorites, ever since I moved to Spartanburg and worked at WORD-AM Radio. I have fond memories of playing their Albums First in the World and Interviewing them, Introducing them in Concert, and most important, calling them Friends. Even though I never met Stuart, I can say without a doubt that he was a Great Picker and will be missed. To the Family, I know you will Always Love and Miss Him, but you can rest assured that He has "Found The Rainbow" and is Up There Playin with Toy, Tommy, George and all of Great Southern Rockers lost but never forgotten. RIP
Such a great person got to know Stuart over the years just such a nice guy always made you feel he really enjoyed talking to you and had that great smile and such a talented performer my thoughts and prayers to his family and the Tucker family Go In Peace My Friend you will be so missed
I have had the extremely fortunate experience of playing with Stuart and Tucker numerous times. Stuart was one of the most talented and kindest people I have ever shared a stage with or known.Usually as a guest guitar player I was on the end of the stage with him. He was soft spoken , kind and lacking offensive ego. He always made me feel welcome and I will never forget that.We will all miss him. I hope he's just starting to tune to get ready for the awesome reunion with Tommy, Toy and George.
My sincere regrets,
Just a friend...
Rest Well friend then play for the angels! So glad I got to hear you play at Havana, New Hope PA on 12/19/11.
Today I can put my heart into a place of peace.Before Stuart was to be returned to his family in South Carolina, I had the honor of having one last visit with my friend/brother. It truly is hard to find words to express what goes on inside a person at a time like this. But when I talked with Stuart today the words that I spoke were calming and relieving to my soul, that in a strange way made me happy inside. Not that my friend is no longer with all of us that love him, but it was the step I needed for myself to know that all the pain he endured emotionally and physically are no longer hurting him. And for that I am at peace with the loss of Stuart. Thank you for your friendship & love. I will never forget my dear friend. Love Craig
There comes a time when words are not sufficient to say what one wishes to say. This is one of those times for myself. You will be missed immensely...... Time goes by way, way too fast. - CJ / Ex- "Famous 91 WORD" - Spartanburg
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