Philip Chevron, longtime guitarist and occasional songwriter for Celtic rock outfit the Pogues, died Sept. 8 in Dublin after a battle with head and neck cancer. He was 56.
Born Philip Ryan in Dublin, Chevron founded punk group the Radiators From Space - often considered the first Irish punk band - in the late '70s. Moving to London after the band's 1981 breakup, he joined the Pogues as a temporary guitarist shortly after the release of the group's 1984 debut, becoming a full-fledged member in time for sophomore LP "Rum, Sodomy and the Lash," which established the brash yet literate outfit as a high-charting act in the U.K. and a prominent cult band Stateside.
Thousands Are Sailing" for the Pogues' third and highest-charting album, 1988's "If I Should Fall From Grace With God." He also wrote "Blue Heaven" and "Lorelei" for follow-up "Peace and Love."
Leaving the group in 1994, Chevron reformed the Radiators (with fellow ex-Pogue Cait O'Riordan) for a spell, then joined the reunited Pogues in 2001. He oversaw the remastering of the group's 1980s albums, and continued to tour with the Pogues throughout the decade as his health permitted.
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Philip Chevron Dead: Pogues Guitarist Was 56
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