Rob Stoner

Robert David Rothstein (April 20, 1948, Manhattan, New York, United States), better known as Rob Stoner, is an American multi-instrumental musician.[1][2][3]

Rob Stoner
Birth nameRobert David Rothstein
Born (1948-04-20) April 20, 1948 (age 72)
Manhattan, New York, United States
InstrumentsGuitar, bass guitar, piano, vocals

Early lifeEdit

His father, Arthur Rothstein, (July 17, 1915 in New York City – November 11, 1985 in New Rochelle, New York) was an American photographer. He is of Jewish descent.[4]


Stoner started his career backing up various artists in New York City. His work can be heard on Don McLean's classic "American Pie".

In 1973 he began a solo career that would eventually land him a contract with Epic Records in Nashville and later with MCA Records who released a critically acclaimed solo album, Patriotic Duty, in 1980[5] Stoner also recorded an album of his original songs for Sun Records in the early 1980s.

In the summer of 1975 he was hired as bandleader, opening act and bass player in Bob Dylan's band. He played with Dylan during the Rolling Thunder Revue tour and on the Far East leg of Dylan's 1978 World Tour. His singing and playing is featured on many Bob Dylan recordings.

After quitting touring life with Dylan, he resumed his solo career. He is still active and giving guitar lessons in Rockland County, New York. He has played with such diverse artists as Chris Spedding, Link Wray, Robert Gordon, Chuck Berry, and Joni Mitchell.

Solo discographyEdit

  • 1980 – Patriotic Duty – MCA Records – (MCA-5118)
  • 1983 – If You Want It Enough – Sun Records – (Sun 1031)


  1. ^ Thompson, Dave (August 1, 2011). Dancing Barefoot: The Patti Smith Story. Chicago Review Press. pp. 114–. ISBN 978-1-56976-325-4. Retrieved August 22, 2011.
  2. ^ Sweet, Brian. Steely Dan: Reelin' In the Years. Music Sales Group. pp. 264–. ISBN 978-0-85712-018-2. Retrieved August 22, 2011.
  3. ^ Baez, Joan (July 21, 2009). And a Voice to Sing With: A Memoir. Simon and Schuster. pp. 238–. ISBN 978-1-4391-6964-3. Retrieved August 22, 2011.
  4. ^ Arthur Rothstein: Photographer (1915–1985)
  5. ^ [1][dead link]

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