Thursday, January 29, 2009

John, waned.

Oh, bollocks. It just goes from bad to worse.

Irrascible, a bit curmodgeonly and latterly the possessor of a vocal style that could only be described as "challenging". And only one complete leg. But a sublime guitarist and lyricist and always an absolute top turn.




RIP
John Martyn
1948 - 2009
Oh, and also goodbye to Billy Powell, one of the remaining original members of Lynyrd Skynyrd and survivor of the plane crash that took Ronnie van Zandt and Steve Gaines in 1977. He's probably most familiar for the opening keyboard chords on Freebird.
300 points to anyone who gets the title.

5 Vegetable peelings:

Blogger Rol said...

Sad news - we need al the grumpy old gits we can get in this world.

6:39 pm  
Blogger Rog said...

It's certainly been a bad week!

John Martyn was one of the 5 greatest UK Singer Songwriters of all time without a shadow.

Let's hope there are a few curmudgeonly 60 yera olds left out there....

8:15 pm  
Blogger Phil said...

Oh Dear, who's next.

I was fortunate enough to meet him when I went to sing 'from the floor' at the Troubadour S.Ken in '66. He was an extraordinary guitarist then, with weird tunings that nobody could figure out and definitely a one off. I shall be playing some vinyl of his over the weekend.

Excellent choice of tune Richard.

I've been quite curmudgeonly this week.....

10:30 pm  
Blogger The Birdwatcher said...

And now the bearded wonder as well. Bloody hell its not right.

10:16 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

Been a bad week. Bill Frindall was the only decent one left on TMS.

12:24 pm  

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