R.I.P. Wilko Johnson

srblue5

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Just woke up to the news that Wilko Johnson, formerly of Dr. Feelgood, passed away. :cry:



I’m gutted. Wilko was a big influence on me. His frenetic lead-rhythm style was the link for me between Keef/Stones and early punk rock. He also taught me (indirectly…I never met him myself) that you can rock with solid state amps.

Loved his work with Feelgood, as well as Ian Dury & The Blockheads, Roger Daltrey, and solo.

We were lucky to get some extra years with Wilko, as he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a few years back.

Thank you, Mr. Johnson, for your music! Rest easy, mate.
 

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Wilko has been my biggest influence in the way I play.

Seeing Dr Feelgood on TOGWT, seeing Wilko on 'Rockschool', playing the albums until they wore out. The owner of the best music shop in my home town knew me, knew my tastes, and when Stupidity+ was released on CD, he got a copy in for me.

'The right hand goes up and down. Up and down. Keep it going up and down. Lift the fingers from the strings and you get a stab, a chop sound. Press down and you get a chord. Between the up and down of the right hand, move your fingers a bit and you get a riff. It's like riding a bicycle. Easier to do than explain' Wilko always opened Q&A about his playing with variations of that, then proceeded to baffle the audience.

I'll miss dividing my attention between him and Norman at shows. Wilko was one of the most influential British guitarists emerging from the 1970's

He leaves a void in British music that'll be tough to fill.

 
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ClashCityTele

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"Thousands of people play a Telecaster because of me,” says Wilko.
“Thousands of people play a Telecaster because of Joe Strummer… well, Joe played a Telecaster because of me!”

Absolute legend. Raise some hell in heaven Wilko. RIP.

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I remember watching an interview where he talked about being told to be terminal due to a certain cancer diagnose which later turned out to be wrong. He joked about it.
A part of me hoped this news turned out to be just as wrong as this former diagnose. Sadly it's not. Energetic guitarist and a fine chap. RIP.
 




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