John Martyn RIP

Posted on: Thursday, Jan 29, 2009

Grahame just texted me to tell me that the legendary John Martyn has passed away.  He was only 60.

One of the all time great voices.

My first ever gig was John Martyn at Huddersfield Polytechnic (now The University, Huddersfield).  One man, one guitar and a huge delay pedal (although thinking back it muts have been an Echoplex).  John Martyn walked on stage smoking a large jazz cigarette – the first illegal recreational substances that I had ever seen.  These days you can buy crack cocaine at the nursery.

Half way through the first set, a guy stood up and said “Hang on a minute John – I’m just off for a p!$$”.  Sure enough John Martyn waited in complete silence for about three minutes until the guy came back.

I’ll miss you John.

I don’t want to know ’bout evil.  Only want to know ’bout love



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Ken

January 29th, 2009 at 16:34
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Grahame

January 29th, 2009 at 19:53
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Sad news indeed . . . a legend indeed! Should see a repeat of that tremendous BBC4 documentary “Johnny Too Bad”. RIP John. Just watched a OGWT clip of “May You Never” . . . brilliant!

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Jimbo

January 30th, 2009 at 12:42
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Another legend gone from the flock, I knew he’d had problems but I wasn’t expecting to hear this, R.I.P.John, “gone but never forgotten”

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Ken

January 30th, 2009 at 13:06
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