Legendary Lyricist Dies

Legendary lyricist and “Grateful Dead” contributor Robert Hunter has died at the age of 78.

Hunter, who provided lyrics for some of the band’s most iconic songs, such as “Dark Star” and “China Cat Sunflower,” as well as “Uncle John’s Band,” “Box of Rain,” “Scarlet Begonias,” and “Touch of Gray,” died Monday night at his home.

In the years after lead singer Jerry Garcia’s death, Hunter wrote songs with Elvis Costello, Bruce Hornsby, country singer Jim Lauderdale and “Dead” drummer Mickey Hart. Additionally, he also collaborated with Bob Dylan, starting with “Silvio.” The two also went on co-write many songs on Dylan’s “Together Through Life” in 2009.

Source: Grateful Dead Collaborator and Lyricist Robert Hunter Dead at 78 – Rolling Stone

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