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Jackie Leven (18 June 1950 – 14 November 2011) was a Scottish songwriter and folk musician. After starting his career as a folk musician in the late 1960s, he first found success with new wave band Doll By Doll. He later recorded as a solo artist, releasing more than twenty albums under his own name. He also recorded under the pseudonym John St. Field for the album Control (1971) and Sir Vincent Lone for the albums Songs For Lonely Americans (2006), When The Bridegroom Comes (Songs For Women) (2007) and Troubador Heart (2008). Under his own name, he released 11 albums since 1994 (following a break from music); one of these, a duet with author Ian Rankin, features an exclusive short story, Jackie Leven Said.

In the 1980s, Leven released two singles - Love is Shining Down On Me and Uptown - under his own name. Unfortunately, this failed to turn into a career as he was the victim of an unprovoked attack in 1983. Strangled and nearly killed, Jackie lost his voice for a year and became addicted to heroin. Conquering his addiction, he set up the CORE Trust, a charity aiming for a holistic approach to drug addiction whose patrons included Princess Diana.

Jackie returned to music in the early 1990s with a series of live shows, before the release of his first new solo album, The Mystery of Love is Greater Than the Mystery of Death, in 1994. Since then, Jackie’s songs have followed a dark, gloomy theme - Jackie describes his songs as “saying shit happens” and then helping people to deal with it.


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  • CyberMusicLover

    I never knew he had died! Such a tragedy to Music Lovers!

    30 Dec 2013 Reply
  • ruschenburg

    jackie--- guter mann!!!!!!!!!!!

    18 Dec 2013 Reply
  • ijkidd

    So one year on lomboklombok stat and 900 listeners have found him (now 8616), bewildering really but I guess press by Ian Rankin alone isn't sufficient. His music is now not so available as it was either, only his posthumous compilation available on his record companies website, which is a shame.

    17 Jun 2013 Reply
  • dufusweemamoo

    Just heard Ian Rankin on Radio 5 saying that his new novel will be dedicated to Jackie Leven, and each chapter will be prefaced with a couplet from a Jackie Leven song - its publishing date (mid November) will be almost a year since Jackie passed away

    6 Nov 2012 Reply
  • sumit_hk

    Wow! :O

    29 Aug 2012 Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    +2. Fairy Tales For Hard Men is so impressive...

    4 Aug 2012 Reply
  • lomboklombok

    Until today 7712 users only scrobbelt this fantastic musican, a great shame...

    29 Jun 2012 Reply
  • schwagcast

    Posthumous fan, +1

    28 Feb 2012 Reply
  • grendelis

    missing him but still enjoying him. Especially the For Peace Comes Dropping Slow live album. thanks Jackie for so much.

    5 Feb 2012 Reply
  • FraserElliot45

    Thanks for songs and the wonderous stories

    10 Dec 2011 Reply
  • tc-obo

    A truly singular songwriter and storyteller and one of the finest examples of pure, defiant humanity. Glorious even in melancholy, with the wisdom to temper it with a deep humour. Even if lately he could have done with an editor and fewer keyboard sections, the best songs on his albums were still as fantastic as he has ever been. His death is a true loss, and I will miss him. Rest in peace, Jackie.

    29 Nov 2011 Reply
  • dufusweemamoo

    Such a loss - Oh What A Blow That Phantom Dealt.....Jackie will be much remembered.

    23 Nov 2011 Reply
  • harkyb - Interview/Live Performance & Personal Tribute...

    23 Nov 2011 Reply
  • BrianSeares

    Farewell Jackie...a true music maverick....

    17 Nov 2011 Reply
  • PocketMumble

    Another legend gone too soon.

    16 Nov 2011 Reply
  • KeithJones

    RIP, Jackie.

    16 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Sphinx1976

    RIP! :-(

    16 Nov 2011 Reply
  • murmler3

    Great loss. He will be missed.

    16 Nov 2011 Reply
  • grendelis

    An Obituary

    16 Nov 2011 Reply
  • TonupTiger

    Another great artist I discover only after its too late. Damn it Last FM, that's what your for.

    16 Nov 2011 Reply
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