December 25, 2008

Lung cancer claims guitarist Graham

British guitarist Davey Graham, known for his efforts with musical greats Paul Simon and Jimmy Page, has died of lung cancer, his manager says.

Manager Mark Pavey said Tuesday Graham, who died in London this week at the age of 68, had only just learned about his cancer diagnosis, The Guardian reported.

He was diagnosed with lung cancer only weeks ago and suffered a seizure at his home at around 3.30 p.m. yesterday, Pavey said.

The Los Angeles Times said Graham had earned a reputation in the music industry for creating musical compositions that included Asian and Indian harmonies.

The folk and blues guitarist first gained notoriety for an appearance on a 1959 episode of the BBC arts series Monitor, but soon began working with musicians like folk singer Shirley Collins.

After decades of near-obscurity in the music world, Graham took part in a number of media segments including 2003's Red, White and Blues on the PBS series The Blues and the 2005 BBC radio interview, Whatever Happened to Davey Graham?