Long John Baldry 1941-2005

British blues man LONG JOHN BALDRY has died aged 64.

The singer had been fighting a chest infection for four months and passed away yesterday (July 22) at Vancouver General Hospital in British Columbia, Canada, BBC News reports.

Baldry had a single number one hit in 1967 with ’Let The Heartaches Begin’, but had been sighted as a strong influence on Eric Clapton, and was friends with Sir Paul McCartney.

A pioneer of British rock n roll, Baldry performed during the early days at the Cavern in Liverpool before going on to work with the likes of Rod Stewart and Elton John, both of whom appeared on his solo album ’It Ain’t Easy’.

Emigrating to Canada in 1991, Baldry became know for his voice over work and in 1998 won a Grammy nomination for his Disney narration.

He continued to record solo albums, and also played the voice of Sonic The Hedgehog’s nemesis Dr Robotnik in the video game.