Philip Chevron, guitarist for great Celtic punk band The Pogues, has died of cancer at 56. Chevron joined the band after the release of their first album, at first as a temporary guitarist and then as a full member by the time of their second record, Rum, Sodomy and the Lash.
As well as playing guitar, Chevron wrote one of The Pogues' best-loved tunes, "Thousands are Sailing", about the experience of Irish emigrants. As producer Steve Lillywhite says in the video below, the song became a live favourite after the release of 1988's If I Should Fall From Grace With God, the album on which it appeared.
Chevron was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in June 2007, but by 2008, he had recovered to the point that he was able to tour with The Pogues and sing "Thousands Are Sailing" at every performance, and in 2009 he was declared cancer-free. In May 2013, though, it was announced that the cancer had returned and was terminal.
Here's another one of Chevron's compositions for The Pogues, "Lorelei".
Via Brooklyn Vegan