Phil Collins Pays Tribute…

Phil Collins Pays Tribute To ‘Unique’ John Martyn Who died today…

Phil Collins has paid tribute to John Martyn, who died today (January 28th) at the age of 60.

Collins, who appeared on Martyn’s 1980 album ‘Grace and Danger, described the singer songwriter as “unique”.

“John’s passing is terribly, terribly sad. I had worked with and known him since the late 1970s and he was a great friend,” Collins told the BBC. “He was uncompromising, which made him infuriating to some people, but he was unique and we’ll never see the likes of him again. “I loved him dearly and will miss him very much.”

Martyn, who passed away in hospital in Ireland, was regarded as one of the most progressive musicians of his generation, working across the fields of folk, blues and jazz music.

A statement on his official website said: “With heavy heart and an unbearable sense of loss we must announce that John died this morning.”

Martyn launched his career in 1967 with the critically acclaimed album ‘London Conversation’.

He has been cited as an influence by a host of musicians, including Collins, U2 and Eric Clapton.

Martyn was made an OBE by the Queen in the New Year Honours.

Jason Gregory
Music OMH
29 January 2009