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Folk legend Graham dies aged 68

Davy Graham
Davy Graham was "giant of a man", according to Radio 2 DJ Mike Harding

Guitarist Davy Graham, an influential figure in the 1960s folk music revival in England, has died at the age of 68, his manager has announced.

According to his website, the musician died "from a massive seizure at home after a short battle with lung cancer".

Born in 1940, Graham is probably best known for his acoustic instrumental Anji, covered by Simon and Garfunkel on their 1966 Sound of Silence album.

Ray Davies of the Kinks once described him as "an awesome influence".

Born to a Scottish father and a Guyanese mother, Graham reportedly inspired many famous practitioners of the acoustic guitar.

A private funeral will be held this week, followed by a public memorial service in January.

"Davy was one of the true originals of the British folk scene - a man who could play everything from jazz and blues to traditional music," wrote Radio 2's Mike Harding on his blog.

"A giant of a man and an amazing performer in his heyday, he made many great albums and had a huge influence on people such as Paul Simon, Bert Jansch and Nick Drake."

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