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R.I.P. John Nuese (The International Submarine Band)
International Submarine Band guitar player John Nuese has died. R.I.P.
Guitarist and songwriter John Nuese was in a band called "The Trolls" in 1965. (The
Trolls featured not only Nuese, but also Lowell "Banana" Levenger, a guitarist
and keyboardist who was a founding member of the Youngbloods, and bassist
Michael Kane, who followed Levenger into the Youngbloods in 1971). Later that year, Nuese fell in
with Gram Parsons at Harvard, where they formed Gram Parsons and the Like. The
Like became the International Submarine Band, and gradually focused on country
music, which Nuese had reintroduced to Parsons. Nuese stuck with Parsons in the
second version of the ISB, who recorded Safe at Home (LHI, 1968).