Personalities | John Martyn | Seventies | Rock

(Guitar, vocals, 1948–2009)

A Scottish singer-songwriter (real name Iain McGeachy) who mixed folk, blues and jazz and developed his trademark guitar sound by use of the Echoplex, a tape delay machine, Martyn made his debut with 1968’s London Conversation and after two albums with then wife Beverly, he released the seminal Solid Air (1973), a prototype ambient album. On 1980’s Grace And Danger Martyn made the transition from solo artist to band leader; he received the OBE shortly before his death.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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