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Robert Hunter
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    (June 23, 1941-September 23, 2019)
    Born in San Luis Obispo, California
    Lyricist and 'non-performing band member' of the Grateful Dead
    Notable Dead songs include 'China Cat Sunflower,' 'Dark Star,' 'Uncle John's Band,' 'Casey Jones,' 'Truckin,' 'Friend of the Devil,' 'Box of Rain,' 'Sugar Magnolia,' 'Playing in the Band,' 'Franklin's Tower' and 'Terrapin Station'
    Recorded the solo albums 'Tales of the Great Rum Runners' (1974), 'Tiger Rose' (1975), 'Jack O' Roses' (1980), 'Amagamalin St.' (1984), 'Rock Columbia' (1986), 'Liberty' (1988) and 'Patchwork River' (2010)
    He said, 'Before I wrote songs, I was a stoned James Joyce head.'
    He said of the song China Cat Sunflower, 'I wrote part of it in Mexico and part of it on Neptune.'
    He is a former Scientologist.
    He turned down a request from Muzak to license Dead songs.
    He wrote several volumes of poetry and translated Rainer Maria Rilke's 'Duino Elegies' and 'Sonnets to Orpheus.'
    He said the best compliment his lyrics received was when a miner heard 'Cumberland Blues' and said, 'I wonder what the guy who wrote this song would've thought if he'd known something like the Grateful Dead was gonna do it?'

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