Folk musician who influenced Jimmy Page dies
Graham was one of the most influential figures in the 1960s folk music revolution in England. He inspired many of the famous practitioners of the fingerstyle acoustic guitar, such as Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Martin Carthy, Paul Simon, Eltjo Haselhoff and even Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, who heavily based his solo White Summer on Graham’s She Moved Thru’ The Bizarre/Blue Raga.
Graham’s s manager/collaborator Mark Pavey confirmed to The Guardian: “He was diagnosed with lung cancer only weeks ago and suffered a seizure at his home at around 3.30pm yesterday.”
Graham was born in Hinckley, Leicestershire, on November 22, 1940 to a Guyanese mother and a Scottish father, and began playing the guitar when he was 12.
Often credited with a pivotal role in the growth of the sixties folk revival, he was not genre-bound to the folk movement; jazz and blues also informed his work, as well as the various kinds of world music that he’s credited with exposing to a wider audience.
His most famous track, Angi, which appeared on his 1962 debut EP, was covered by myriad artists, including Simon & Garfunkel who released a version on their 1966 album ‘Sound of Silence’.
Graham will be interred at a private funeral this week, but a public memorial service is being planned for next month.