Folk Star Martyn Is Dead At 60

Folk star Martyn is dead at 60.

ROCKER PHIL COLLINS led tributes last night to folk, blues and funk legend JOHN MARTYN, who died yesterday aged 60. The singer songwriter, said to have influenced U2,PORTISHEAD and ERIC CLAPTON, was hailed as one of the most soulful and innovative of his generation.

Many of his albums, including 1973 release Solid Air, are seen as classics. Phil, 58, who had known Martyn since the ’70s, said last night: “His passing is terribly sad. He was unique. “I loved him dearly. He was a great friend.”

Martyn, born in New Malden, Surrey, had battled drugs and alcohol. He played with DAVID GILMOUR and RINGO STARR and performed in a wheelchair after his right leg was partially amputated.

He was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours and was a featured vocalist on ’90s dance hit Deliver Me, by FAITHLESS star SISTER BLISS.

The Sun
30 January 2009