'Wilko Johnson Dead, Former Dr. Feelgood Guitarist Dies at

Former Dr. Feelgood Guitarist Dies at

Wilko Johnson,

the longtime guitarist for British blues rockers Dr

Johnson’s family

confirmed the news of his passing on Wednesday morning (Nov

23), writing,

“This is the announcement we never wanted to make, & we do so with a very

Thank you

for respecting the family’s privacy at this very sad time

After changing

their name — inspired by a beloved Johnny Kidd and the Pirates cover of a Piano

Though they

bristled at the term “pub rock,” the band were known for their raucous, energetic performances,

Johnson went

on to form the bands the Solid Senders, as well as the Wilko Johnson Band,

2012 due

to illness, Johnson shared that he was diagnosed with late stage pancreatic cancer in Jan

2013, opting

to skip chemotherapy after doctors told him he had less than a year to live

Among those

paying tribute were fellow British rocker Billy Bragg, who said that Johnson was a “precursor

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