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(1948 – 2009)

John Martyn OBE, born Iain David McGeachy (11 September 1948 – 29 January 2009), was a British and . Over a forty-year career he released twenty studio albums.

He grew up in Glasgow and attended Shawlands Academy. John Martyn moved to London from Glasgow in the mid 1960s. He made his initial recorded impact in 1967, at the age of 19, with his debut album London Conversation. He then quickly became an integral part of the British music scene, incorporating , , and into his unique sound.

In the late to early he was close friends with Nick Drake, for whom he wrote the song Solid Air. The album of the same name remains an extremely moving album, as does the later Grace And Danger which documents his divorce from his wife Beverley with whom he recorded several albums (as John & Beverley Martyn).

During the John lived in Hastings on the South Coast of England. Whilst in Hastings he released, amongst others, the Live at Leeds album which he sold from his own house. Also during his time in Hastings John tried to help Paul Kossoff put his life back together.

A long held alcohol problem didn’t prevent Martyn from releasing twenty-two albums. In 2003 he contracted an infection that resulted in the amputation of part of a leg, an episode documented in the 2004 BBC documentary “Johnny Too Bad”. He recovered, however, and continued to play, record and tour. In 2008, he was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Folk Awards. He has influenced many songwriters and guitarists and is an artist whose stature only grows with time.


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  • angrybirdsyaoi

    Get them two twats a slapping below. Behaviour like that shouldn't be tolerated in music.

    8 Aug 3:37pm Reply
  • fuzzcanyon

    Get this generic pop garbage out of my John Martyn page. What a shame! [2]

    28 Jul 6:56am Reply
  • captain-badass

    Get this generic pop garbage out of my John Martyn page. What a shame!

    21 Jul 7:37pm Reply
  • lewwatt

    DON'T submit a correction for your dance music on this page! Do as MakeSomeFUN says: " Suggest a correction:John Martin - Anywhere For You".

    3 Jul 7:16pm Reply
  • b52ohlol

    John Martin - Anywhere For You : possibly one of the most generic and colossal assaults on my ears for a long time. I implore any of you lost lambs to check out the real John Martyn - something like Bless The Weather or Don't Want To Know. You owe it to your brains, any inkling of good taste left within your cerebral cortex, music with real heart and not faux sentiments. I fail to see how the difference in tenuity could escape even the most retarded on the planet.

    29 Jun 3:02pm Reply
  • mutinyonark

    @thunder__ WELL sorry if you're here for whoever the fuck john martin is, this is john martyns page. There is no correction. No reason to keep posting it on this page. Go try tmz

    1 Jun 2:33pm Reply
  • thunder__

    I'm here for John Martin, please last fm.

    1 May 6:19am Reply
  • oldfag0

    Sweet little mystery...

    30 Apr 2:22pm Reply
  • Spirit_15

    Suggest a correction: John Martin [2]

    25 Apr 8:47pm Reply
  • Juan-k_86

    I've just discovered John Martyn searching for some Nick Drake's like music and now I think I'm gonna love him

    22 Apr 2:40pm Reply
  • ArturFreire

    Suggest a correction: John Martin

    30 Mar 9:27pm Reply
  • skitchuk

    WTF? Where's swedish John Martin? I'm afraid.

    26 Mar 1:30pm Reply
  • MakeSomeFUN Suggest a correction:John Martin - Anywhere For You

    21 Mar 6:58pm Reply
  • dannyboy77

    I am trying to listen to the very much alive Scandinavian artist John Martin but stupid keeps spelling it this way.

    17 Feb 7:56pm Reply
  • JohnnyMath

    Nice, very nice

    7 Jan 8:16pm Reply
  • wendell3

    Totally agree.

    7 Jan 7:47am Reply
  • RicoVancouver

    John was a complete genius. I discovered his music with " Bless the Weather" . Used that music at my wedding. Check out tunes like " Easy Blues" , " Couldn't love you more" and " Gun Money". John is still my favourite. Such a smoky voice will never be heard again with that amazing guitar.

    2 Jan 9:55am Reply
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  • RussellChap

    John Martyn a drunken genius with a heart of gold and worked with Phil Collins...he wasn't run of the mill

    5 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Nochek

    thank you, Sir.

    17 Sep 2013 Reply
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