Folk Innovator Davey Graham Dies, Aged 68
Folk legend Davey Graham [also known as Day Graham] who was cited as a major influence on The Kinks, Jimmy Page, Nick Drake and Paul Simon, has died aged 68.
The guitarist was a hugely important artist in the '60s folk revival.
His manager announced that he died "from a massive seizure at home after a short battle with lung cancer", reports BBC News.
Radio 2's Mike Harding has named him as an inspiration for "Paul Simon, Bert Jansch and Nick Drake" and Ray Davies from The Kinks called him an "awesome influence", reports the site.
Graham's track 'Anji' was covered by for their 'Sounds Of Silence' album in 1966.
The spellbinding "She moved Thru' the Bizzare/BlueRaga" inspired Jimmy Page's "White Summer" and "Black Mountain Side".
Anyone interested in acoustic guitar will ceryainly benefit from listening to Graham's music. Graham was a virtuoso player and a stylistic pioneer, combining traditional folk pieces with jazz and eastern influences long before these things became fashionable and which were a million miles away from skiffle and the nascent folk scene. Listening to his early records now, after decades of copyists and the development of acoustic guitar playing, it can be difficult to appreciate just how revolutionary he was.
To the modern ear many of the arrangements are of their time and his strengths are as a player rather than a vocalist, but the reality strikes the minute that you try and play one of his arrangements.
From Paul Simon to Jimmy Page, many quote Davey Graham as seminal influence
In Tangiers in 1961 he came up with a seminal influence - the influential DADGAD tuning for guitar - to try and create a tuning he could use on both guitar and sarod. He used this guitar tuning on his first EP on a version of "She Moves Through the Fair". He returned to this tune frequently throughout the sixties and finally re-recorded it - on sarod! - on 1976's "All That Moody". This tuning is now ubiquitous amongst 'folk' guitarists.
Watch Davey Graham on BBC's Folk Britannia: