Kenny Edwards, Founder of the Stone Poneys, Dies

August 20, 2010 Updated: August 20, 2010

Kenny Edwards, co-founder of country-rock band Stone Poneys, passed away on Wednesday. The guitarist and singer was 64.

Edwards collapsed earlier this month while on tour with singer and songwriter Karla Bonoff. He was suffering from prostate cancer and the blood disorder TTP. Following his collapse, Edwards was hospitalized in Denver and was then air-lifted to a hospital in Santa Barbara, Calif. where he died, according to KansasCity.com.

Born in 1946, Edwards played first for the Stone Poneys and then his folk-rock band Bryndle.

Stone Poneys was formed when he left high school. The group included pop music singer Linda Ronstadt and his friend Bobby Kimmel. They disbanded after their song, “Different Drum” became the No. 13 song in 1967, said Spinner.com.

Edwards co-founded Bryndle with Karla Bonoff, Andrew Gold, and Wendy Waldman. After A&M Records did not release their debut album, the band joined back together to release a new album in 1995.

In between the time spent with his bands, Edwards became a songwriter, helping Ronstadt with her No. 1 single, “You’re No Good” in 1974. They also worked together to write “Lo Siento Mi Vida,” a simple song with Mexican music, according to KansasCity.com

"He was always a beacon to me," Ronstadt told the Los Angeles Times on Thursday. "He introduced me to so much stuff, and his opinion always counted a lot to me."

Kenny Edwards is survived by his mother.