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Davy Graham has left the stage

Folk legend passes away

Davy Graham passed away in his home after a brief battle with lung cancer on Monday, 15th of December 2008. As a singer and arranger Davy Graham revolutionised guitar playing in the early '60s and enjoyed a long career as England's greatest: if often over-looked, guitarist. Revered by several generations of guitarists, he invented the Folk-Baroque style, invented a modal tuning system for the guitar called DADGAD and composed the signature tune of the '60s folk revival, Anji. Credited for sparking the 1960s folk revival in England, he has inspired artists and fellow players such as Bert Jansch, John Renbourn and Paul Simon. "I wanted to be Davy Graham," John Martyn once said. Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin have cited Graham as an influence to their music. Folk Rock bands such as Fairport Convention and Pentangle also show large Graham influence. Graham first came to the public's attention at the age of 19 in a BBC documentary and continued to play the guitar until the end. During his lifetime he released 16 records and toured all the way up until 2007.