Grateful Dead Lyricist Robert Hunter Dies at 78

Robert Hunter who is an American lyricist, singer-songwriter, translator, poet and best known for the Grateful Dead has died at the age of 78, on Monday evening at his Northern California home.

Dennis McNally, the former of Grateful Dead publicist has shared the news to the press that Hunter has died with his beside his wife, Maureen.

“We loved Bob Hunter and will miss him unimaginably,” said Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart and added “a visionary wordsmith extraordinaire.”

“For a man who provided us with so many meaningful words, the soundtrack to our lives, he’s left us a bit speechless with his passing,” Lemieux wrote.

“Robert Hunter has been just as integral a part of the legacy of the Grateful Dead as those who recorded the music to accompany his words.”

Other of Hunter’s most memorable Grateful Dead songs include “It Must Have Been the Roses,” ″Terrapin Station,” ″The Days Between,” ″Brown Eyed Women,” ″Jack Straw, “Friend of the Devil,” ″Box of Rain,” ″Uncle John’s Band” and “Black Muddy River.”

Hunter was born Robert Burns on June 23, 1941, in San Luis Obispo. He attended university in Connecticut, spent some time in his childhood in foster homes, and took refuge in reading and writing. Garcia who was friend with Hunter, invited him to join the band as a lyricist.

When he did attend the group’s concerts, he was content to either remain to the side of the stage or, even better, sit namelessly in the crowd.

Grateful Dead was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, Hunter was with the band, becoming the only non-performing band member to garner such a honor.

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