Guitarist Stuart Swanlund of the Marshall Tucker Band died in his sleep of natural causes Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012 at his Chicago home. He was 54. Swanlund joined the band in 1985 after it had split up and regrouped. He was the longest running member of the group except for founding member Doug Gray. The Marshall Tucker Band, from Spartanburg, SC, was formed in 1972 and wrote and performed music that had rock, r & b, blues and jazz kind of all blended together. The original lineup had guitarists, bass, singer, drums and keyboards but included a rarity in this kind of band – a flute player, and it gave many of their songs a special flavor.
RIP – Rock In Peace Stuart