Scots Singer Songwriter John…

Scots singer-songwriter John Martyn dies.

Singer-songwriter John Martyn has died at the age of 60. Martyn, who grew up in Glasgow, was appointed an OBE in the New Year Honours. He attended school in Glasgow, and despite living in a variety of locations over the years, remained a distinctly Scottish performer.

A statement on his website said: “With heavy heart and an unbearable sense of loss we must announce that John died this morning.” The cause of his death was not detailed.

His music career, which spanned over 40 years, saw him produce a body of work that was met with critical acclaim for his marriage of blues and folk with other genres including rock, funk and dub.

He initially established his reputation in the London folk scene of the 1960s, signing a record deal towards the end of the decade. His 1973 album Solid Air is widely recognised as a classic, other notable albums in his discography included 1975’s Live at Leeds and 1980’s Grace and Danger. His most recent release was a 4CD career retrospective Aint no Saint.

He was a pioneer in the use technology in his performances with his use of tape loops and echo effects and was influential on a wide variety of artists.

Martyn collaborated with artists like Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, Ringo Starr, Phil Collins and Reggae legend Lee Scratch Perry.

He had battled with drugs and alcohol throughout his career and had weight issues in his latter years. In 2003 he had to have his right leg amputated below the knee, but continued to perform from a wheelchair.

Scottish TV Webaite
29 January 2009