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Nesmith Partner John (London) Kuehne Dead at 58

March 27, 2011 by  
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This obituary for John Kuehne appeared in the San Antonio Express News. John
Kuehne is better known to Monkees fans as John London, Mike’s stand-in for
the Monkees TV show and a member of Michael Nesmith & The First National

John C. Kuehne, 58, of Rockport, TX, passed away unexpectedly Saturday,
February 12, 2000 at his home. He was born February 6, 1942 in Bryan, TX to
Oscar and Lorraine Kuehne. He was raised in San Antonio, TX and was Baptized
at Monte Vista Baptist Church. He accomplished the high honor of Eagle
Scout. John attended high school in Munich, Germany. Upon returning to San
Antonio, John attended San Antonio College where he and Michael Nesmith won
a musical contest. With his father’s blessing, John and Mike moved to
California to seek his dream of becoming a musician. He did! Among his many
musical accomplishments, John was a singer, a writer, and a fine bass
player. He played with stars like Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Lewis &
Clarke and the Monkees. He was an angler and a craftsman, as well as he had
a career with San Antonio Express and News. John and Vicki had two beautiful
sons, Michael and Ryan. John had been a friend and a father who loved and
was loved deeply. John lived in Rockport, TX with his wife, Lana; and
cherished daughter, Katherine. John loved life and lived it to the fullest.
He traveled the world extensively but always returned to the sea for calm
and sweet repose. His sisters, Carole and Dorothy Ann; and his father, Oscar
will miss him beyond words. He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Lana
Kuehne of Rockport; two sons, Michael Christopher (Jessica) Kuehne of San
Antonio, and Ryan Carl (Vanessa) Kuehne of Houston; his daughter, Katherine
Lorraine Kuehne of Rockport; his father, Oscar Kuehne of Boerne; and two
sisters, Carole (Branch) Hart of Boerne, and Dorothy Kuehne of San Antonio;
one grandchild, Sydney; and one on the way. Funeral Services will be
conducted Tuesday, February 15, 2000 at 2:00 P.M. at First Baptist Church of
Rockport with Rev. Walter Knight officiating. Burial will follow at Rockport
Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to:
(800) 428-2922

located at:

Kuehne played with stars in music

(Last updated Monday, Feb 14, 2000)

By Cindy Tumiel
Express-News Staff Writer

John C. Kuehne, a former San Antonian who enjoyed a moment in the spotlight,
playing with musicians like the Monkees, Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor,
has died.

He died suddenly Saturday at his Rockport home. He was 58.

A native of Bryan, Kuehne spent most of his childhood in San Antonio and was
an accomplished bass player early in life. He attended San Antonio College,
where he and Michael Nesmith won musical competitions and later moved to
California to pursue careers.

When Nesmith later was chosen for a starring role with the Monkees, a 1960s
television sitcom about a pop music group, Kuehne became a backstage player
with the show. Under his stage name of John London, Kuehne did some musical
work with the group and also played small roles in some of the episodes.

He later worked as a studio musician, playing with Ronstadt, Taylor and

Kuehne left California and returned to San Antonio in the early 1970s after
he became a father.

“He was a family man, and the music industry wasn’t his life,” said his wife
of 17 years, Lana Kuehne.

Kuehne worked in advertising sales for both the San Antonio Express-News and
the San Antonio Light. After the Light closed in 1993, Kuehne and his family
moved to the Gulf Coast, where he spent several years working at the Corpus
Christi Caller-Times.

Since 1995, he was “semi-retired,” his wife said, devoting much of his time
to two great loves in his life, fishing and carpentry. Kuehne devoted hours
to remodeling the family home in Rockport, and was an accomplished angler.

Besides his wife, Kuehne is survived by two sons, Michael Christopher Kuehne
of San Antonio and Ryan Carl Kuehne of Houston; a daughter, Katherine
Lorraine Kuehne of Rockport; his father, Oscar Kuehne of Boerne; two
sisters, Carole Hart of Boerne and Dorothy Kuehne of San Antonio; and one

Services are set for 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church of Rockport.

Burial will be in Rockport Cemetery. Arrangements are with Charlie Marshall
Funeral Home of Rockport.

Randi L. Waddell

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From: ErinM

I was just watching VH1 and they announced an open casting call for our boys
for the channel’s upcoming Monkees movie! New York and LA were stated, and
more information can surely be found at

Very exciting!

Erin McCullough

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