January 29, 2009 13:44

John Martyn dies

Singer/songwriter passes away aged 60

John Martyn dies
British singer/songwriter John Martyn has died aged 60.

The news about the musician, who received an OBE in the last new year's honours list, was announced today (January 29) on Martyn's official website, Johnmartyn.com.

The cause of his death was not revealed, with a short message reading: "With heavy heart and an unbearable sense of loss we must announce that John died this morning."

Martyn, who was born in 1948 in Surrey and grew up in Scotland, and released 20 studio albums throughout his career, during which he collaborated with the likes of Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Dave Gilmour.

He became known for his folk/blues guitar style, and released his first album, 'London Conversation', in 1968, later in his career releasing the acclaimed 'Solid Air' album in 1973. The title track was a tribute to his friend, cult musician Nick Drake.

Go to the NME.COM Blog for John Martyn's five greatest YouTube moments.

Meanwhile for a full obituary of John Martyn head to our sister site Uncut.co.uk.

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