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Pogues guitarist Phil Chevron succumbs to cancer

Following a long battle with cancer, Pogues guitarist Phil Chevron passed away on Tuesday.
Posted By EVAN BLEIER - UPI.com   |   Oct. 9, 2013 at 11:59 AM   |   Comments

Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Pogues guitarist Phil Chevron passed away on Tuesday following a long battle with cancer. He was 56.

Chevron, born Philip Ryan, is perhaps best known for penning the Pogues’ song, “Thousands Are Sailing.”

Although he may have been overshadowed in the band by singer Shane MacGowan, Chevron entered the group just in time to work on their Elvis Costello-produced classic second album, “Rum, Sodomy & the Lash.”

Many artists, including Roddy Doyle and Joseph O'Connor, took part in an August fundraiser concert that paid tribute to the ill guitarist.

"Philip Chevron is one of the greatest Irish songwriters of all time, certainly the best of my generation, an artist of a unique and absolutely compelling sensibility,” O'Connor said at the time.

"Ever since my teens, his work has meant a great deal to me. I have enormous admiration for his achievements. His song 'Faithful Departed' sums up everything about growing up in the Ireland of my childhood. Then there's his magnificent writing on the Radiators 'Ghost Town' album.”

Chevron was first diagnosed with throat cancer in the summer of 2007 and had been undergoing treatment ever since.

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