Bob Dylan and Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter has died at the age of 78 in California.
Hunter met Grateful Dead singer Jerry Garcia with he was 19 and Jerry was 18. They originally had a duo called Bob & Jerry but it didn’t last long. They remained friends as Jerry went on to form The Grateful Dead.
Some of Hunter’s earliest lyrics for The Dead were ‘China Cat Sunflower’ and ‘Dark Star’.
When the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the band included Hunter as a member.
Hunter released a solo album in 1974 but continued to write for others. He worked with Bob Dylan writing ‘Silvio’ and ‘Ugliest Girl In The World’ from Bob’s 1988 album ‘Down In The Groove’, all but one song on ‘Together Through Life’ and the more recent ‘Duquesne Whistle’ from ‘Tempest’.
Robert Hunter died at his home in San Rafael, California. A cause of death has not been announced.