Michael Stephen Knust
MICHAEL STEPHEN KNUST passed away on September 15, 2003 in his home at Spring Branch, Texas at the age of 54. He was preceded in death by his beloved father, Bernhard Knust and godchild, Michele. He is survived by his wife, Tinker, his daughter, Kristen Knust, beloved friend, Melissa Knust, his mother, Florine, brothers, Gary and Mark, sisters, Regina Henry, Carolyn Doga and Gail Buske and David Bell, and a host of niece, nephews and cousins. Michael was THE lead guitar player for Fever Tree, a Houston based rock group of the 60's and 70's. He continued on with his musical career after the group broke up and played with many excellent musicians throughout his life. He will be sorely missed. The family will receive friends Thursday, September 18th from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. with a Rosary being recited at 7:00 P.M. in the Chapel of Forest Park Westheimer Funeral Home 12800 Westheimer where Funeral services will be held Friday, September 19th at 10:00 A.M. with interment to follow in the Cemetery. In lieu of 0flowers donations can be made the Star of Hope, 6897 Ardmore, Houston, TX. 77054, (713) 748-0700.

Published by Houston Chronicle on Sep. 18, 2003.
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I met Michael in the late 90s on a flight from Dallas to Denver. He told me about his accident and that he couldnt play any more. I told him about my singer songwriter/ guitar playing buddy Jerry Tegarden who also lost feeling in his left hand but recovered. I hooked the two together and I know they talked by phone a couple times. Jerry had recovered feeling in his hand and was playing again. Thats why Michael wanted to talk with him.

Im wondering if any of his family have any memories of this. Please contact me if you have stories.

Thanks Brad Wellman
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Brad Wellman
May 3, 2021
So very sad to learn of Michael's passing. I was lucky enough to have Michael as a guitar teacher at Dale Mullins studio. My experiences with Michael were always magical. I will always remember them when I play. Their spirits sing on in the music they inspired.
Mark MacDonald
March 22, 2018
Michael Blair
May 5, 2017
Michael you will be missed but will allways be in our Hearts. We went to school together and shared many a fun times together at the beach and getting to listen to your musical talent. You were Blessed and your family was Blessed with you.
curtis mahula
September 27, 2003
Michael, although I never had the pleasure of meeting you in person I was a great admirer of your talents. My thoughts, prayers, and sympathy to your family on losing you at much too young an age.
Kevin Rathert
September 25, 2003
Michael ~ the man and the music ~ one and the same. The man and the music will be forever in our hearts and in our home. Our deapest sympathy goes out to the family. A great loss.
Angie Wolfe
September 24, 2003
I discovered your group in the 60's when you came out with "Hey Mister" and "Steve Lenore" (B-side). It made me an instant fan. I still have the 45-rpm version!

Over the next few years, I got to see you at Love Street and other Houston clubs. I was the lead singer of The Elastic Prism at the time and had the honor of opening for Fever Tree at the Catacombs Club and St. Bernard Hall back in the late 60's. I still remember the GREAT music and light shows you guys put on!!

You guys were really gear and were a huge influence on my music and interpretation.

You will be missed greatly. My prayers are with your family and close friends.

Larry Buehler
September 23, 2003
My condolenences to the Knust family.Michael was the best kind of person you could ever have as a friend.
Thom Powers
September 21, 2003
Michael, I shared the stage with you and there is no better feeling than when a band is "in the groove". The resurrection promises us a perfect body, I hope you got one, cause you needed one!!
Thanks for the music and friendship- Mark Dupre'
Mark Dupre'
September 20, 2003
Loved your music from my teen years and was reintroduced years later. I know many that loved you....may you share your music in heaven

Gwyn Fergeson
September 19, 2003
OohWoahooo... Got to have all your loving... ohhh, night and day... yes, I do.

I've been to literally thousands of concerts. One of my all time favorites was seeing Fever Tree (The Tree) open for Spirit in the Houston Music Hall, with a screaming Dennis Keller sans shirt, Rob Landes moving from organ to harpsichord to flute, and Michael with so much power that he could hang his toes off of the front of the stage and get MASSIVE feedback from his amps near the back of the stage.

Years later, I hung with him at a festival in the Astro Hall and backstage at Rockefeller's. He complained that people wanted him to continue doing that Fever Tree-era "feedback sound", while he wanted to play "cleaner".

God bless you, Michael.
Gary Touchton
September 19, 2003
has always been a hero of mine...
knew friends of his...always hoped
to run into him...i thought of him a coupla days ago...out of the blue...(if you have Kazaa, look up
Fever Tree and SFO girls)...Mike
is guitar royalty...wish i got to know you better man...wish i cud
think of more to say...remember the
Larry Kane Show!
Rusty Walker
September 18, 2003
To Mellisa, Tinker and Sherry,
I am so so sorry for Michael'
passing . I cannot believe he's gone . Please call me home-713-953-7043 or cell 832-247-0530 .
Love forever...Tim Withers
Timothy Withers
September 18, 2003
Saw him play in the 60's in Lake Charles..Incredible talent
Jim S
September 18, 2003
Michael, you have found peace and comfort at last. We've loved you for 35 years and we'll join you someday to share your sweet music and love again. Heaven has claimed another bluesman far too soon. We love our best man. Love, B,C& D
Bruce, Caren, & Darya Wolfe
September 18, 2003
Thanks Mike, save me a spot!

The Wheel...
The Wheel
September 18, 2003
gary knust
September 18, 2003
Your guitar shall forever be playing.
Don Wolfe
September 18, 2003
Friend from St. Cecilia's and Spring Branch High, class of '67.
Gary Tinney
September 18, 2003
Jill Sherman
September 18, 2003
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