COUNTRY singer Bob Neuwirth, a close associate of superstar musician Bob Dylan, has died at the age of 82.
Neuwirth’s partner Paula Batson confirmed his death to the New York Times and said he died of heart failure on Wednesday.
“Bob Neuwirth’s big heart failed on Wednesday night in Santa Monica,” Neuwirth’s family told Rolling Stone.
“Bob was an artist in every cell of his body and loved encouraging others to make art. He was a painter, songwriter, producer and recording artist whose work is loved and respected.
“For over 60 years, Bob has been at the epicenter of cultural moments from Woodstock to Paris, Don’t Look Back to Monterey Pop, Rolling Thunder to Nashville and Havana.”
The family added: “He was a generous instigator, often producing anonymously and making things happen. It was art that counted for him, not fame.
“He was an artist, a mentor and a supporter to many. He will be missed by all who love him.”
Neuwirth rose to fame as a singer-songwriter in the 1960s when he entered Dylan’s inner circle.
He worked as Dylan’s road manager during the infamous 1965 tour of England, documented in DA Pennebaker’s Don’t Look Back.
Neuwirth later became a member of Dylan’s Rolling Thunder revue band and crew in the mid ’70s.
Shortly before the singer’s death in 1970, he co-wrote Janis Joplin’s hit single Mercedes Benz.
Neuwirth is also credited with introducing Joplin to her signature song Me and Bobby McGee, which was written by Kris Kristofferson.
At the time of his death he was living in Santa Monica. He is survived by Batson, his niece Cassie Dubicki, and their family.
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