Martin Duffy, keyboardist of Primal Scream and Charlatans, dies at 55 | Ents & Arts News

Tributes are paid to Primal Scream keyboardist Martin Duffy, who also played with The Charlatans, after his death at the age of 55.

The news was confirmed by The Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess and Creation Records founder Alan McGee, who signed Primal Scream to his label in the 1980s.

It happens less than 24 hours after news of another music star’s lossSpecials frontman Terry Hall.

“More sad news,” McGee wrote on Instagram. “Martin Duffy left yesterday… such a lovely guy so sad.”

Duffy, who grew up in Birmingham, joined indie-pop band Felt, who also signed to Creation Records, aged 16, before joining Bobby Gillespie’s Primal Scream – rising from a part-time member to a full-time member.

He was part of the line-up when the band released their third album Screamadelica in 1991, their first commercially successful album and the winner of the inaugural Mercury Prize the following year.

The musician also stepped in at the last minute to play with The Charlatans when they backed Oasis at Knebworth in 1996, after their own keyboard player Rob Collins died in a car accident a few weeks earlier. He also helped complete the band’s fifth album, Tellin’ Stories, which was being recorded that year.

Paying tribute to “a true friend”, Burgess described Duffy’s death as “another tragic loss of a beautiful soul”.

Duffy was also a member of rock supergroup The Chavs, formed in 2004 by former Libertines guitarist Carl Barat and Burgess alongside drummer Andy Burrows of Razorlight. In 2012 he performed as part of another supergroup at a fundraising concert at Manchester Cathedral, this time with Burgess and Mark Collins of The Charlatans along with Peter Hook of New Order.

In recent years he has toured as part of Burgess’ live band, playing music from the singer’s solo albums.

Throughout his career he has also contributed song keys to Oasis, The Chemical Brothers and Beth Orton.

Oasis star Liam Gallagher was among those who paid tribute, writing on Twitter: “RIP DUFFY PRIMAL SCREAM DYA KNOW WHAT I MEAN LG.”

Cherry Red Records, Felt’s first label before Creation, shared a statement saying, “We are saddened to hear the news of the passing of Martin Duffy. An incredible 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 has made so many important contributions to so many great records. Her performance with @thecharlatans at Knebworth following the death of Rob Collins was a moment of pure emotional brilliance. . He will be truly missed.”

Electro band Asian Dub Foundation tweeted: “Very sad news, someone we toured with alongside #PrimalScream and a fantastic person has left us. Brilliant keyboardist #MartinDuffy ADF salutes you, thank you for all the good vibes .”

Happy Mondays singer Rowetta shared a series of heartbroken emojis, while former Oasis guitarist Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs tweeted in response to Burgess: “Sad sad news Tim. “

No details on the cause of Duffy’s death have been announced.

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