Primal Scream keyboard player Martin Duffy has died after a fall at his home in Brighton.
Martin Duffy, who also played with The Charlatans, died Sunday of a brain injury.
In a statement released on Twitter, Primal Scream lead singer Bobby Gillespie said this afternoon: “Our soul brother Martin Duffy passed away on Sunday. He suffered a traumatic brain injury from a fall at his home in Brighton. We at Primal Scream are all heartbroken.
I’ve known Martin since he was a teenager in Felt. He played keyboards on every album of ours from the first to the last. He finally joined the band in 1991. Martin was a very private person. He had a love and understanding of music on a deep spiritual level.
Music means everything to him. He loved literature and was well-read and erudite. Self-confession. A deep thinker who is curious about the world and other cultures. We always visit museums in every city we play in or search for Neolithic stones in remote places.
Stubborn and stubborn in his views. He could play the piano to a level that was revered not only by his peers in British music, but old-school American musicians like James Luther Dickinson, Roger Hawkins, David Hood and producer Tom Dowd hit some funky piano pieces and I knew right away it was because his ears pricked. When he heard Martin play and the session finally came back to life. Martin was the most musically gifted of us all
His style combined elements of country, blues, and soul, all of which had a naturally God-inspired feel to him. He never plays the same thing twice. It was all about ‘the moment’, better turn the ‘record’ button on when Daffy was on fire.
I saw a session on Abbey Rd in 1997 for the Dr. John album where his record company gathered a group of young British indie musicians where Mac Rebenac (Dr. John) seemed bored and uninterested at the session until Martin started playing, and then suddenly Dr. Jed started.
His timing was unique, funky and he was always behind the beat. He also dug George Clinton Martin. I remember a session in Chicago where George told him “Go to church Daffy!”, and he did.
Martin also possessed a unique wit. He had a quick eye for the absurd, the surreal and the absurd. He lived to laugh and play music. He was loved by all of us on Yelp. A beautiful soul. We will miss him.!
Duffy was born in Birmingham in May 1967 and began his career as a member of the indie-pop band Felt.
He played on the first two albums by Scottish rock band Primal Scream before joining The Charlatans in 1996 following the death of original keyboardist Rob Collins.
Duffy has also contributed keys to songs by Oasis, Chemical Brothers, and Beth Orton.
Burgess, frontman of The Charlatans, said on Twitter: “Another tragic loss of a beautiful soul.
“Martin Duffy stepped in to save The Charlatans when we lost Rob – he played with us at Knebworth and was a true friend.
“He toured with me in my solo band, too — it was a pleasure to have him spend time with him. He travels daffy safe.”
Happy Mondays singer Roweta shared a series of heartbreaking emojis, while former Oasis guitarist Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs tweeted: “Sad news Tim.”
Graff Rhys, singer of Welsh band Super Furry Animals, tweeted: “Martin Duffy’s music has been with me since the 80s – sending all the best to Primal Scream and all his friends and family on this very sad day – he will be putting some of his instrumental recordings on.”
Duffy joined Felt, the pioneers of the so-called pop-jungle genre, aged 16 after answering an advertisement placed by the group’s anonymous representative Lawrence in which he wrote: “Want to be a rock and roll star?”
He was also a member of the major rock band The Chavs, formed in 2004 by former Libertines guitarist Carl Barratt and Burgess along with drummer Andy Burrows of Razorlight.
In 2012 he performed as part of another super group at a fundraising concert at Manchester Cathedral, this time featuring Burgess and Mark Collins of The Charlatans with Peter Hook of New Order.
In recent years, he has also toured as part of Burgess’ live band, playing music from the singer’s solo albums.
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