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Wilko Johnson dies

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Former Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson has died, aged 75.A statement posted on the musician’s social media accounts yesterday reads: “This is the announcement we never wanted to make, and we do so with a very heavy heart: Wilko Johnson has died.

He passed away at home on Monday 21 Nov. Thank you for respecting the family’s privacy at this very sad time”.Johnson formed Dr Feelgood in 1971 with singer Lee Brilleaux, bassist John ‘The Big Figure’ Martin and drummer John ‘Sparko’ Sparks.

Centred on Johnson’s distinctive guitar sound, they were best known as a live band, and it was 1976 live album ‘Stupidity’ that was their most successful recording, reaching number one in the UK.Shortly afterwards, in March 1977, Johnson left the band to be replaced by John ‘Gypie’ Mayo.

Although their next album, ‘Sneakin Suspicion’, went to number ten, the band’s popularity waned after this. Mayo left the group in 1981, followed in 1982 by Martin and Sparks.

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