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(Guitar, singer-songwriter, 1948–74)

Although he only produced three albums before his untimely death from a drug overdose, posthumously he has become one of the most beautifully introspective and melancholic artists to come out of the 1970s. Signed to Island records at just 20, there was high hopes for the talented singer-songwriter. Whilst he was still studying at Cambridge University he released his debut, Five Leaves Left (1969), which showcased his immense skill as a self-taught guitarist and songwriter, invoking heart-warming melodies sprinkled with his ‘doomed romantic’ lyrics. Over the next three years he released two more albums – Bryter Layter (1970) and Pink Moon (1972). However, crippled with shyness that was fuelled by LSD and cannabis, he eventually disappeared from the music scene. The lack of photos or footage of the singer has only added to the mystique surrounding him and his music.

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


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