The Marshall Tucker Band’s Stuart Swanlund Passes

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• August 7, 2012

Photo: Barry Sigman

Marshall Tucker Band family is mourning the loss of longtime band member and guitarist Stuart Swanlund who passed away in his sleep at his Chicago home last Saturday (8/4). Swanlund was 54.

Swanlund was the longest standing member of the band since 1985 when he started playing slide guitar for the group.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Stuart’s family and those who knew him,” said founding member Doug Gray. “We have lost a great friend.”

Puerto Rican born, Swanlund was raised in Spartanburg, SC, where he was influenced by Gray, who rehearsed in his neighborhood.

When not touring with The Marshall Tucker Band, Swanlund performed in Chicago with local band, the Tone Generators.

Swanlund is survived by his son, William “Billy” Swanlund, his lifelong partner Stacey Schmaren, three grandchildren and sister, Suzanne Spencer.

Funeral services for Swanlund will be held this Saturday, August 11 at 11:00 am at the Good Shepherd Memorial Park in Boiling Springs, SC.

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