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Serendipity - Brendan Quayle

Date: 
2 Nov 1998
Written by: 
Brendan Quayle
BEGINNINGS: SING A SONG OF SUMMER

John Martyn was born in 1948 into a Scots musical family; the only son of two light opera singers who became separated shortly after his birth. Brought up by a close relative, most of his childhood was spent in urban Glasgow, but every weekend his father used to take him into the countryside, and every year he spent his holidays with his mother on houseboats touring the riverways of Southern England.

The Pilgrim's Progress Has Been Hard

Date: 
1 Dec 1993
Written by: 
Colin Escott

A hard bloody slog, John Martyn would be the first to tell you. It has been real progress, though. No ruts. No comfortable niches. No standing still. Just look at the album jackets. There's the cherubic eighteen year-old folkie picking away on a London rooftop in 1967, the bearded seer with electrical storms raging inside in his head a few years later, and, later still, the suited man who would be an '80s rock star like his friends Eric and Phil.

Bless The Weather (CD)

Date: 
1 May 1993
Written by: 
Anonymous

The beginnings of John Martyn's career are described in the sleeve note to his first album 'London Conversation' and continue on the 'Stormbringer!' LP. Both are now available on CD.

John's fourth album 'The Road To Ruin' had introduced Danny Thompson on bass who joined from Pentangle.

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Stormbringer! (CD)

Date: 
1 May 1993
Written by: 
Anonymous

The beginnings of John Martyn's varied career are described in the sleeve note to the first album 'London Conversation' which is now available on CD.

In 1969, John met and married a singer from Coventry, Beverley Kutner, who was making records at the time with producer Joe Boyd. Boyd was the UK A&R man at Elektra, he ran his own Witchseason production company that included The Incredible String Band, an outfit linked with John Martyn in his early days.

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London Converation (CD)

Date: 
1 May 1993
Written by: 
Anonymous

John Martyn was born in 1948 into a Scots musical family of two light opera singers who separated shortly after his birth. Brought up by a close relative, most of his childhood was spent in urban Glasgow: weekends were spent with his father in the countryside and yearly holidays were spent on houseboats with his mother in the South of England.

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Couldn't Love You More

Date: 
1 Aug 1992
Written by: 
Anonymous

John Martyn is unique: an artist who has been held in the highest esteem since his earliest recordings which now date back over twenty years. A writer, musician and singer who has constantly spurned trend and defied the rules, John Martyn has instead charted his own eclectic course through the oft troubled waters of contemporary music.

Purely Music

Date: 
16 Jan 1992
Written by: 
Anonymous

PURELY MUSIC is the unique musical series recorded live at one of Germany's most prestigious music arenas and is Europe's only on-going live musical event. It focuses on diverse performers whose music reflects a strong African influence whether the style is Rhythm & Blues, Funk, Soul, Rock & Roll or Fusion.*)

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