Singer-Songwriter Kevin Coyne Dies
(LAUNCH, 12/02/2004 4:00 PM)
By Mike Lipton
British singer-songwriter, painter, writer, and rock 'n' roller
extraordinaire Kevin Coyne passed away today (December 2) at his home in
Nuremberg, Germany. He was 60 years old.
While Coyne remained a cult figure in the U.S., throughout Europe he was a
revered, legendary, and--with more than 40 releases--wildly prolific
artist. Coyne's music was rooted in the blues, but he used it as a
jumping-off point to venture into nearly every genre imaginable, from
sentimental love songs and full-on rockers to catchy pop songs and twisted
ballads. His lyrics--always improvised on the spot--were full of vivid and
wild imagery, and his voice was one of the most powerful and distinctive in
all of rock. Coyne was "discovered" by the late John Peel and, in 1971,
when Doors frontman Jim Morrison died, Coyne was asked to fill his shoes.
Although Coyne was diagnosed with lung fibrosis two years ago, he continued
to tour, record, paint. and write. His most recent record, Donut City, his
best in years, was the first release on his own Turpentine Records.