Welcome to the tribute page for the baritone, Stewart Gardner, one of the four singers who comprised the Zono Minstrels. It is the baritone which takes the lead in these compositions, and I make no bones about the fact that if I was going to be stranded on a desert island and could only take the recordings of one singer with me, that singer would be Stewart Gardner.
Even though I rate this man at the very top of the tree, he is no better documented than the rest of the Zono Minstrels singers. He does not have a Wackypedia page, we do not know the date or even year of his birth, where he was born, or any of the circumstances of his death. We do not know his burial place, or whether or not any grave or monument exists. When I listen to this man’s voice, I am simply bewildered by the fact that so little is known of his life and career.
If anyone has any information concerning Stewart Gardner, I would love to hear from you. This page may start out looking rather sparse, but that can always be changed. The fact that he had such a common surname will not help with any potential detective work, but I would certainly like to know more about this towering, rich and magnificent voice which graces “Far, Far Away” and the rest of the Zono Minstrels recordings. A photograph would be especially welcome, as long as it is copyright free, of course.
Further recordings of Stewart Gardner will be added here as I am able to obtain them. If you have access to any, or know where you can find some, I would also be interested in hearing from you. I can make the same offer that I made with Zono Minstrels recordings, that I will offer you a free transfer to digital media, as long as I am able to retain a copy of the recording and use it on this site.
Here is the Stewart Gardner ‘jukebox’. Recordings are linked to from YouTube to save bandwidth, and are not therefore in the highest quality possible. If you would like an uncompressed WAV version of a recording, contact me and I’ll be able to provide you with one. NOTE – The YouTube videos were embedded on the page, but this has had to be discontinued due to excruciatingly slow page loads. If you have any solution to this, please contact me!
Click on the links to hear the recordings, which will open from YouTube in a new window –
The first two records are single-sided 12″ records which I had imported from Uruguay. They went on a long journey before coming back home.