I only recently discovered Stewart's music myself--almost by accident. Before Christmas my 5-year-old son asked me to take him to our local record store so he could pick out a present for me (he knows what Dad likes). He didn't want any help from me picking something out--that would spoil the surprise. So he chose a record that looked interesting to him with no input from me. I figured this would mean I was going to end up with a copy of Boston's Don't Look Back, or something else with a spaceship on the cover, but I was pleasantly surprised when I unwrapped a copy of John Stewart's 1970 LP Willard on Christmas morning. The surprise was even more pleasant when I put it on the turntable and discovered it was actually quite good. As he later explained to me, "I figured since the cover looked so plain, the music on it must be fancy." I've been enjoying the music ever since, and plan to track down some of Stewart's other albums.
Stewart is survived by his wife, Buffy, and his children, Mikael, Jeremy, Amy and Luke. Here's hoping his music gets rediscovered now--it should have been years ago.