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article imagePogues guitarist Philip Chevron has died

By Tim Sandle     Oct 9, 2013 in Entertainment
Philip Chevron, the long-standing guitarist with Irish folk-punk band The Pogues, has died aged 56 from esophageal cancer.
News about Philip Chevron's death was posted on The Pogues' official website on Tuesday October 8th, along with a statement. The message runs: "After a long illness Philip passed away peacefully this morning. He was unique. We'll miss him terribly. Dublin town, and the world, just got smaller."
The Daily Mail notes that Philip Chevron was born Philip Ryan in Santry near Dublin. He formed punk band The Radiators From Space in 1976 before joining The Pogues. Chevron's membership of The Pogues came about from an earlier friendship with the band's lead singer and lyricist Shane McGowan.
Following the release of the Pogues' 1984 debut album Red Roses For Me, Chevron was invited to join the band on a short-term basis as cover for banjo player Jem Finer's paternity leave. He then took over as guitarist following MacGowan's decision to concentrate on singing, thereby becoming a full-time member of the band in time for the recording of its second album, Rum, Sodomy and the Lash.
The Pogues are a Celtic punk band from London, formed in 1982 and fronted by Shane MacGowan. Although the band play a brand of punk rock, they do so using traditional Irish instruments such as the tin whistle, cittern, mandolin and accordion. The band's most successful U.K. and U.S. album was 1988's If I Should Fall from Grace with God. Their most successful single is "Fairytale of New York" (featuring Kirsty MacColl), first released in 1987.
The cause of Philip Chevron's death was cancer, according to Sky News.
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