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Obituary: Guitarist from Dr. Feelgood dies at 75


Wilko Johnson, the guitarist with British blues-rock band Dr. Feelgood who had an sudden profession renaissance after being recognized with terminal most cancers, has died.

He was 75.

An announcement posted Wednesday on Johnson’s official social media accounts on behalf of his household stated the musician died Monday night at his residence in southeast England.

Born John Wilkinson in 1947, Johnson was raised on Canvey Island, a marshy, industrial oil city in England’s River Thames estuary.

He studied Anglo-Saxon literature at Newcastle University and labored as a schoolteacher earlier than forming Dr. Feelgood with different native associates.

At a time of flamboyant glam and indulgent prog rock, they performed a then-unfashionable model of blues and R&B, wearing low-cost fits that made them look, Johnson stated later, like “shoddy financial institution robbers.”

Johnson helped give Dr. Feelgood a harmful edge together with his uneven, relentless guitar fashion and thousand-yard glare — a glance terrifying sufficient to earn him a job later in life as silent executioner Ser Ilyn Payne on “Game of Thrones.”

The anarchic outfit impressed bands who would quickly drive the U.Okay. punk explosion, and teetered on the sting of world fame, scoring a U.Okay. No. 1 album, excursions of the U.S. and a take care of CBS data.

Then in 1977 Johnson walked out amid friction with charismatic lead singer Lee Brilleaux, who died in 1994.

Johnson later stated that if the band had been in a position to comply with its managers’ directions to behave, “I’m fairly positive we would be multimillionaires. But we did not. We have been geezers from Canvey Island. We have been nice associates, and we fell out.”

Johnson went on to carry out with Ian Dury’s band, the Blockheads, and spent years enjoying to a faithful fanbase, largely within the U.Okay. and Japan.

In 2012, Johnson was recognized with pancreatic most cancers and was advised it was terminal.

The prospect of loss of life unexpectedly revived his artistic energies. He declined chemotherapy, determined to go on one final tour, and recorded a “last” album, “Going Back Home,” with Roger Daltrey of The Who.

In one other twist, a fan who was additionally a most cancers specialist provided to assist.

After surgical procedure to take away a three-kilogram (6.6-pound) tumor, Johnson introduced in 2014 he was cancer-free.

He launched one other album, “Blow Your Mind,” in 2018, and performed gigs together with his Wilko Johnson Band till final month.

Johnson is survived by his sons Simon and Matthew and grandson Dylan.



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