Keyboardist Martin Duffy Of Primal Scream And The Charlatans, Passes Away At Age 55

Keyboardist Martin Duffy Of Primal Scream And The Charlatans, Passes Away At Age 55

Following the passing of keyboardist Martin Duffy, Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream, Tim Burgess of The Charlatans, Liam Gallagher, and Creation Records’ Alan McGee were among those who paid homage and expressed their sympathies.

Martin Duffy, a keyboardist for Primal Scream who also played with The Charlatans, has away at the age of 55, and tributes are being paid to him.

The Charlatans vocalist Tim Burgess and Creation Records founder Alan McGee, who signed Primal Scream to his company in the 1980s, both verified the news. Primal Scream’s lead singer Bobby Gillespie subsequently shared a moving eulogy.

Duffy passed away on Sunday after falling and suffering a brain injury at his Brighton home, according to Gillespie, who called his friend and bandmate “a lovely person” and his “soul brother.” He passed away the same day as The Specials leader Terry Hall, another famous musician.

More depressing news, McGee posted to Instagram. Martin Duffy has passed away. He was a nice man.

Duffy, a Birmingham native, first played in the indie-pop group Felt when he was 16 years old. Later, he switched from a part-time to a full-time role with Gillespie’s Primal Scream.

He was a member of the band when it published its third album, Screamadelica, in 1991. It was their first record to find commercial success and was awarded the first Mercury Prize the following year.

Keyboardist Martin Duffy Of Primal Scream And The Charlatans, Passes Away At Age 55

In 1996, The Charlatans backed Oasis at Knebworth, and the musician is renowned for stepping in at the last minute to perform with them after their own keyboard player Rob Collins was killed in a car accident a few weeks earlier. The band’s fifth album, Tellin’ Stories, which was being recorded at the time, was also completed with his assistance.

Burgess referred to Duffy’s passing as “another awful loss of a wonderful person” while paying respect to “a great friend”.

We in Primal Scream are all extremely heartbroken, Gillespie said in a touching tribute posted on the band’s Instagram page. Martin and I went to high school together in Felt. From the very first to the very last record we released, he played keyboards. In 1991, I formally joined the band.


“Martin was an extremely unique individual. He had a profound spiritual love and comprehension of music. For him, music was everything. He was well-read and educated, and he enjoyed reading. a self-learner. a thoughtful person who values the diversity of thought and civilizations. Always going to museums in the cities where we played, or searching for Neolithic stones in far-off locations. opinionated and adamant about his beliefs.

Duffy’s piano skills, according to Gillespie, were so excellent that “old school great American players” like pianist and vocalist James Luther Dickinson, drummer Roger Hawkins, bassist David Hood, and producer Tom Dowd as well as his colleagues in British music praised him.

Martin had the most musical skill out of all of us, he continued. He had a God-given natural sense for all three genres, and his sound blended parts of country, blues, and soul. He never performed the same piece again. He was all about “the moment,” so when Duffy was on fire, you best have the record button engaged.

“Martin also had a distinct sense of humor. He had a keen eye for the bizarre, the weird, and the absurd. He loved to play music and laugh. All of us in the Scream adored him. a lovely soul. He will be missed.”

Additionally, Duffy was a part of the rock band The Chavs, which was established in 2004 by former Libertines guitarist Carl Barat, Burgess, and Razorlight drummer Andy Burrows. At a charity event held at Manchester Cathedral in 2012, he took the stage as a member of another supergroup that included Peter Hook of New Order, Burgess, and Mark Collins of The Charlatans.

He performed songs from Burgess’ solo albums while on tour in recent years as a member of the singer’s live band.

He has played keys on songs by Oasis, The Chemical Brothers, and Beth Orton during his career.

Liam Gallagher, an Oasis member, was one of those who paid respects.

Cherry Red Records, Felt’s first label before Creation, shared a statement, saying: “We’re sad to hear the news that Martin Duffy has passed away. An amazing musician who made incredible contributions to every album he played on, he will be missed. A true rock ‘n’ roll star.”

Music journalist Paul Stokes posted a photo of Duffy on Twitter and wrote: “Martin Duffy made so many important contributions to so many great records. His performance with @thecharlatans at Knebworth in the aftermath of Rob Collins’s death was a moment of pure emotional brilliance. He will be truly missed.”

Asian Dub Foundation, an electronic band, tweeted: “Very sad news—we lost someone who was a wonderful guy on the whole and who we toured with alongside #PrimalScream. Brilliant keyboardist #MartinDuffy, ADF salutes you and appreciates your positive energy.”

Rowetta, the lead vocalist for the Happy Mondays, tweeted a slew of devastating emoticons in reaction to Burgess’ revelation, while former Oasis guitarist Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs replied: “Terrible sad news Tim.”

The cause of Duffy’s passing has not been disclosed in any specifics.

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