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    Singer-Songwriter Kevin Coyne Dies (LAUNCH, 12/02/2004 4:00 PM) By Mike Lipton British
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 2, 2004
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      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.
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