R.I.P. Bert Jansch

SCOTTISH GUITAR HERO DIES AT 67

Bert Jansch
Scottish folk legend Bert Jansch has died at the age of 67 following a battle with lung cancer. He passed away early Wednesday morning at a North London hospice.

Jansch was born in 1943 in Glasgow and began his career with his self-titled debut album in 1965, which includes perhaps the best known Jansch song "Needle of Death". In 1967, he joined the highly influential folk/jazz/rock band Pentangle with band mates Jacqui McShee, John Renbourn, Danny Thompson, and Terry Cox. The group would remain active until 1973, scoring hits such as "Light Flight" off their 1969 album Basket of Light.

Jansch continued to release solo albums into the new millennium, his most recent being 2006's The Black Swam. He also toured with Neil Young on his "Twisted Road" tour.

His work has been cited as a key influence by artists such as Paul Simon, Johnny Marr, Bernard Butler, Jimmy Page, Nick Drake, Graham Coxon, Donovan, Neil Young and Devendra Banhart.

Check out a few videos below as we remember Bert Jansch.

http://www.bertjansch.com/

[Published on: 10/5/11]

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