Herald, John


  • From New York City. Lived in Woodstock, New York.
  • 1958-1966, was founder and lead singer of The Greenbriar Boys.
  • Given name: John Whittier Sirabian. He is Armenian. His father was a poet in Greenwich Village.
  • 1976, formed with The John Herald Band with another Greenbriar Boy, Bob Yellin.
  • 1978, released “John Herald and the John Herald Band” album (Bay) with band members Roly Salley (bass), Caroline Dutton (fiddle), Wanamaker Lewis (banjo) and Gordon Titcomb (mandolin).
  • 1984, released “The Real Thing” album (Rooster) with band members Cyndi Cashdollar (Dobro™), Caroline Dutton (fiddle) and George Quinn (bass).
  • Among John Herald’s fans: Linda Rondstadt, who heard John’s version of “A Different Drum” in the sixties and recorded the song almost note for note with her group The Stone Ponies, selling more than a million copies (a gold record).
  • 1992, he and Yellin’ reunited briefly to perform as the New Greenbriar Boys.
  • 2005, he died at the age of 65. He committed suicide.