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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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  • Karpun34

    Get this generic pop garbage out of my John Martyn page. What a shame! [4]

    24 Jun 1:57pm Reply
  • iamholgerczukay

    A bit surprised to see how hotheaded John MartYn fans are, all that can really be done, John Martin fans need to make aware of the typo/mixup. Bitching about it on this shoutbox and knocking Martin's music probably won't do much good. Chill out you folky hippies. Oh, and "One World" is amazing.

    4 Jun 6:46pm Reply
  • joaovitorsoares

    Get this generic pop garbage out of my John Martyn page. What a shame! [3]

    27 Apr 9:29pm Reply
  • adrianomoraes12


    3 Mar 9:14pm Reply
  • Mboshe Suggest a correction:John Martin - Anywhere For You [2]

    22 Feb 2:08pm Reply
  • DZRTsurfer88

    John Martyn opened for Traffic and Free in most incredible live show I have been blessed to experience back in 1973 at San Francisco's legendary Winterland; it was an unforgettable evening

    21 Feb 5:23pm Reply
  • A1enochka


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  • hotchoc27

    It's MARTIN not Martyn

    4 Nov 2014 Reply
  • twinkleglitter

    It always make me laugh when people land on a page they weren't expecting and say "I'm afraid..." Why? Are you scared that for a couple of minutes out of your day you heard something you wouldn't normally listen to? Not being a bitch, I just thought that was kind of the point if last.FM? Either wayI love John Martyn, I just stumbled across my old vinyl albums that I thought I'd lost :)

    9 Sep 2014 Reply
  • RussellChap

    Flag This and choose John Martin as correct. Easy.

    5 Sep 2014 Reply
  • RussellChap

    can anyone make a good argument as to why I should listen to john's 80's music? I love his 70's work but the few 80's items i've heard have been slickly dull, maybe i can be convinced to investigate this era more?

    2 Sep 2014 Reply
  • angrybirdsyaoi

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

    8 Aug 2014 Reply
  • fuzzcanyon

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

    28 Jul 2014 Reply
  • captain-badass

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

    21 Jul 2014 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 2014 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 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • thunder__

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

    1 May 2014 Reply
  • oldfag0

    Sweet little mystery...

    30 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Spirit_15

    Suggest a correction: John Martin [2]

    25 Apr 2014 Reply
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