Guitarist Davy Graham, whose innovative playing style inspired acts from Simon and Garfunkel to Led Zeppelin and beyond, has died at the age of 68. The musician, who is best known for the enduring folk track Anji, had battled lung cancer.
Graham died on Monday surrounded by friends and family “from a massive seizure at home after a short battle with lung cancer", according to his management.
Radio 2 broadcaster Mike Harding paid tribute to “a giant of a man”. He said:"Davy was one of the true originals of the British folk scene - a man who could play everything from jazz and blues to traditional music. A giant of a man and an amazing performer in his heyday, he made many great albums and had a huge influence on people such as Paul Simon, Bert Jansch and Nick Drake."
Graham - whose name was also spelt Davey - became a key figure in popularising the British folk scene in the 1960s. His unique style had a huge impact on hundreds of artists including bands such as Led Zeppelin and The Kinks. His signature track Anji was covered on Simon & Garfunkel’s 1966 album The Sound of Silence. He was largely reclusive for the latter half of his life although he made an appearance on BBC4’s Folk Britannia series in the past few years.
Davy Graham speaks during BBC4's Folk Britannia series in 2006 and you can watch a clip at the following link:
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