Folk Star Martyn Is Dead At 60

Folk Star Martyn Is Dead At 60.

FOLK and blues artist John Martyn died yesterday.

The 60-year-old Scottish singer and songwriter was revered in the music industry and most known for his 1973 album Solid Air. He collaborated with artists such as Eric Clapton and Phil Collins and is said to have inspired bands from U2 to Portishead.

A statement on Martyn’s website said: ‘With heavy heart and an unbearable sense of loss we must announce John died this morning.’

Martyn was born lain McGeachy, the son of opera singers who split when he was a boy. Brought up in Glasgow by his grandmother, he started playing guitar aged 15. He was known for a hard living lifestyle, but in later life claimed he drank only in moderation. In 2003, Martyn had a leg amputated below the knee as the result of a burst cyst.

Collins said: ‘I had worked with and known him since the late 1970s and he was a great friend. ‘He was uncompromising, which made him infuriating to some, but he was unique and we’ll never see the like of him again.
‘I loved him dearly.’

Daily Mail
30 January 2009