Singer John Martyn Dies Aged 60

Folk and blues artist John Martyn has died aged 60.

The singer and songwriter was awarded an OBE in the New Year honours and he collaborated with artists such as Eric Clapton and Phil Collins, who paid tribute to his “infuriating” friend.

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

Collins said: “John’s passing is terribly, terribly sad. 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 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 once said: “Every record I’ve made – bad, good, or indifferent – is totally autobiographical. I can look back when I hear a record and recall exactly what was going on. That’s how I write. That’s the only way I can write!

“Some people keep diaries, I make records.”

His song May You Never was covered by Eric and he is said to have inspired U2. Martyn made an appearance at last year’s Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow. In 2003, Martyn had a leg amputated below the knee as the result of a burst cyst. He told the Daily Mirror last year: “I wasn’t too pleased about it, but whatever happens to your bod, happens.”

29 January 2009