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Robert Hunter
Robert Hunter Town Hall 2013-10-10.jpg
Robert Hunter, 2013
Background information
Birth nameRobert Burns
Born(1941-06-23)June 23, 1941
Arroyo Grande, California, U.S.
DiedSeptember 23, 2019(2019-09-23) (aged 78)
San Rafael, California, U.S.
GenresFolk rock, bluegrass, country rock, rock and roll, psychedelic rock, blues rock
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter, poet, translator
InstrumentsGuitar, mandolin
Years active1962–2019
LabelsRelix Records, Dark Star Records, Round Records
Associated actsGrateful Dead, Bob Dylan

Robert C. Hunter (June 23, 1941 – September 23, 2019) was an American lyricist, singer-songwriter, guitarist, translator, and poet. He was best known for his work with the Grateful Dead.[1][2]

Over the years Hunter wrote lyrics to a number of the band's signature pieces, including "Dark Star", "Ripple", "Truckin'", "China Cat Sunflower", and "Terrapin Station". Hunter was added into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the Grateful Dead in 1994.[3]

Hunter died on September 23, 2019 at his home in San Rafael, California at the age of 78.[1] He was recovering from surgery at the time of his death.[4]