CORRECTED: British singer John Martyn dies aged 60

Thu Jan 29, 2009 11:22am EST
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(Corrects name to David Gilmour thoughout)

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - British singer-songwriter John Martyn, who played alongside Phil Collins and Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, has died aged 60, his publicist said on Thursday.

The jazz and folk-influenced musician was known for his virtuoso guitar playing and drawling vocals.

No further details about his death were immediately available.

Martyn released a series of critically acclaimed albums but always remained on the fringes of the mainstream music scene.

"I don't think of myself as anything, I just lurch along from one thing to another," he told Reuters in a 1993 interview.

He was born in Surrey and grew up in Scotland where he learned folk guitar.

Among his best known albums were "Solid Air" and "One World," both recorded in the 1970s.

Collins and Gilmour played on his 1993 compilation "No Little Boy," while Eric Clapton covered his song "May You Never."

He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to music in the Queen's New Year's Honours in January.

(Reporting by Tim Castle, editing by Paul Casciato)