John’s brother, Michael, passed away on November 13, 2002, at the age of 57.
Michael was involved in music for most of his life. In the 60’s he performed with a group called The Ridgerunners who worked with his brother John on several projects. He later moved to San Francisco and teamed with Jerry Burgan and Bev Bivens to form We Five. There must have been two others in the group, as well.
After We Five dis-banded Michael formed a group called West. West was a Bay Area group who released two or three albums. They were mostly covers of popular songs of the time including several of John’s. I actually owned these albums before I owned any of John Stewart’s.
Michael later became a record producer who produced Billy Joel’s Piano Man. Interestingly enough, the harmonica at the beginning of Piano Man is played by Michael and John’s good friend, Henry Diltz.
Michael then went into the software development field with Adobe and others and was a leader in sound engineering software.
Here is West doing Looking Back Johanna.