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Wilko Johnson, higher referred to as Dr Feelgood’s guitarist, has died aged 75. The reason for demise has not but been given.

A submit on Johnson’s social media accounts confirmed the information, saying, “That is the announcement we by no means meant to make, and we do that with very heavy hearts: Wilko Johnson has handed away. He’s Handed away at residence on Monday November 21. Thanks for respecting the privateness of the household at this very unhappy time. RIP Wilko Johnson.”

Extensively acclaimed as probably the most modern and distinctive guitarists of his era. He and Dr Feelgood are sometimes cited as one of many foremost influences on the British punk motion of the late Seventies.

Born in Canvey Island, Essex, Johnson fashioned Dr. Feelgood in 1971 alongside vocalist Lee Brilleaux and bassist John B. ‘Sparko’ Sparks. Drummer John ‘The Huge Determine’ Martin joined quickly after.

Changing into probably the most common bands on the London pub rock circuit, Johnson recorded three studio albums with the band, in addition to the chart-topping 1976 dwell album. Stupidity.

Johnson then fashioned the Wilko Johnson Band and in addition joined Ian Dury’s band The Blockheads. He additionally made his performing debut in 2011, showing as Ser Ilyn Payne in recreation of thrones.

In January 2013, he was identified with superior stage pancreatic most cancers. At the moment he mentioned First rank that he had 9 or ten months left to dwell. Describing the prognosis as making him really feel “vividly alive”, he launched into a farewell tour and recorded an album with Roger Daltrey titled Go residence which got here out the next yr.

In 2014, whereas receiving the ‘Icon Award’ on the Q Awards, he revealed that after an eleven hour operation he was now most cancers free.

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