Singer Songwriter John Martyn Dead At 60

Singer Songwriter John Martyn dead at 60.

British singer songwriter John Martyn, who was known for his fusion of folk and blues guitar, has died aged 60, an announcement on his website said on Thursday.

“With heavy heart and an unbearable sense of loss we must announce that John died this morning,” it said, without giving the cause of death.

Martyn, whose real name was Iain David McGeachy, was born in New Malden in Surrey in 1948 and grew up in Glasgow.

His debut album, London Conversation, was released in October 1967 and he went on to release another 20 studio albums throughout his career, which also saw him working with musicians such as Eric Clapton and Pink Floyd frontman Dave Gilmour.

Last week, Martyn was awarded an OBE in the 2009 New Year honours list.

AFP News
31 January 2009