David Grover (1952-2021), a troubadour from Berkshire
David Grover during a recording session. Photo: David Edwards
His first claim to fame was as lead guitarist for Shenandoah, the group Arlo Guthrie hired in 1974 to tour with him for more than two decades. Its lasting legacy, however, is as a provider of musical entertainment for children. Berkshires player David Grover died on November 3 at the age of 69 as a result of a car accident.
In a interview with public radio WAMC, Grover’s wife, Kathy Jo, provided details. “He was driving, he was traveling, he was near Utica, New York, and he had the hindquarters… And they took him to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.” She explained that her husband had been in poor health for some time: “David also had a number of underlying issues that he faced,” she explained, “and in between, they were just unable to bring him back He was in the hospital for a while, about 12 days There was so much going on that they couldn’t keep up.
The online magazine kidzlovemusic.com got it right when they compared David Grover to Mr. Rogers, James Taylor, Paul Simon, and Raffi, because Grover combined the kid-friendliness of Raffi and Rogers with the guitar chops of Taylor and Simon. Anyone who’s ever seen him entertain a room full of kids will tell you that he had the magic touch with kids. His PBS television show “Grover’s Corner” and the countless community bookings over the decades bear witness to this.
But Grover’s peers want us to remember his musicianship first and foremost – because, honestly, as a player he was actually above most of them – as smoothly harmonically as you’d expect one to be. full-service guitar accompanist and a walking encyclopedia of songs he played and sang from memory. His skills ranged from folk and rock to jazz and the American Songbook.
Grover’s performance at the 2017 “Sergeant Pepper” concert at Lenox Town Hall becomes legendary. Event organizer Professor Jeremy Yudkin described the performance in an email:
“David did a remarkable job imitating George Harrison, his guitar and his sitar, and even managed to suggest some of the other Indian instruments on the track, such as the tambura. I’m not sure that many other people could have accomplished what he did for this gig.
Most of us would like to think that the world we leave behind will be better off for knowing us – that we will have had a lasting impact on our respective communities. Any Berkshire County musician will tell you – that’s exactly what David Grover is doing. One in particular, Arlo Guthrie, went out of his way on Thursday in a social media post to point out something important about his former touring buddy: It was always fun working with him. “Unlike almost every band you’ve heard of, we had a great time for all of this, not just the good times or the early days. I mean all of that. I have had the unique pleasure of working with some of the nicest people, as well as some really wonderful players. David Grover was one of them.
Gofundme campaign to benefit David Grover’s family accepts donations here.