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John Starling

American bluegrass musician

John Starling (March 26, 1940 – May 2, 2019) was an American Bluegrass musician and composer. He was a founding member of the bluegrass group The Seldom Scene. He also had a medical profession as an otolaryngologist. Starling was born in Durham, North Carolina. He retired in 2007. In 1992, he won a Grammy Award.[1]

John Starling
Birth nameJohn Lewis Starling
Born(1940-03-26)March 26, 1940
Durham, North Carolina, U.S.
DiedMay 2, 2019(2019-05-02) (aged 79)
Fredericksburg, Virginia, U.S.
Occupation(s)Otolaryngologist, Bluegrass musician
Years active1971–2007
LabelsSugar Hill
Associated actsThe Seldom Scene

On February 12, 2019, Starling was reported to be "seriously ill" and living in hospice care.[2] He died of congestive heart failure on May 2, 2019 at his home in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He was 79.[3]


  1. Vinopal, David. "John Starling Awards Allmusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-05-11.
  2. "John Starling enters Hospice Care". Blue Grass Today. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  3. McArdle, Terence (May 4, 2019). "Grammy-winning co-founder of 'new grass' bluegrass group the Seldom Scene". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved May 4, 2019.