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Rob Stoner (of Rolling Thunder Review)
Saturday, August 26
Manhattan native Rob Stoner (born Rothstein) graduated from New York City’s Columbia College in 1969. While still in school, his band was signed to a songwriting contract by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. During the early 70’s, he became an in-demand session musician. He sang and played guitar, bass and piano on many recordings, including “American Pie” by Don McLean. In 1973, he began a career as a solo singer and songwriter, recording his original songs for Epic Records in Nashville. His rockabilly band, Rockin’ Rob and the Rebels, became headliners on the national nightclub circuit and appeared on television. In 1975, Bob Dylan hired Rob as his bandleader and opening act for the Rolling Thunder Revue. He played and sang on several Dylan albums, including Desire, Biograph, Hard Rain, Live at Budokan and Live 1975, while touring with Dylan. Resuming his solo career, Rob released a critically acclaimed solo album of original songs on MCA Records. He also became the first non-Southerner to release an album on Sun Records and continued to tour and record with various acts including his own throughout the nineties. His compositions have been recorded by Link Wray, Johnny Winter, Shirley Bassey, Robert Gordon, and others. Rob has co-written three off-off-Broadway musicals, all of which were staged and produced in New York City. He now lives in Rockland County, NY, where he remains active on the music scene.