The English musician Davy Graham died from Lung Cancer on 15th December 2008, an event that received no attention from the mainstream media, at least here in Australia, but he was probably the single greatest influence on the British musicians who followed him. Quoting Wikipedia: “Although he never achieved great commercial success (and indeed perhaps did not seek it), Graham’s music received positive critical feedback, and has proved to be influential. Credited for sparking the 1960s folk revival in England, he has inspired artists and fellow players such as Bert Jansch, John Renbourn and Paul Simon. Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin have cited Graham as an influence to their music. Folk Rock bands such as Fairport Convention and Pentangle also show large Graham influence.”
The You Tube clip provides a glimpse of his life and music.