life and music of Morris "Butch" Stewart to be celebrated in weekend
22, 2017) The life and music of Morris "Butch" Stewart will be celebrated
by family, friends and the industry during a three-day open house memorial
this weekend. Stewart died on May 19 at Evanston Hospital after a battle
with cancer. He was 64.
The memorial celebration will begin in Evanston at Good Stewart
Productions on Friday, June 23rd 6pm-9pm, resume Saturday June 24th
5pm-9pm, and conclude Sunday June 25th 3pm-7pm.
Evanston, IL, Stewart's professional career began when he joined Ramsey
Lewis as a backing vocalist in 1975. Other artists working with Lewis at
the time included Brenda Mitchell, who would later become Stewart's his
That same year, Stewart also began a fruitful relationship with the
multi-platinum, multi-genre band Earth Wind & Fire, which was formed in
Chicago in 1970.
In addition to performing with the group on several dates of its 1975
tour, he wrote the song "King of Groove," which appeared on the 1990
In 1978, Stewart launched JoyArtMusic, a production company that would
grow into one of the most innovative and significant music houses in the
country. It was especially celebrated for its TV and radio theme song
The Oprah Winfrey Show and the Tom Joyner Morning Show are just a few of
the programs that began every episode with music created by JoyArt.
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