Pogues guitarist Phil Chevron died on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 in Dublin after battling head and neck cancer. Chevron, whose real name was Phil Ryan, was 56.
He made his last public appearance during the Testimonial Fundraiser at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre in August. Actor Aidan Gillen and writer Roddy Doyle participated in musical acts to pay tribute to Chevron. He was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2007 and was receiving treatment since then.
The Dubliner was a founding member of the Irish rock group The Radiators from Space and is credited with writing several of their songs including “Ballad of the Faithful Departed” and “Under Clery’s Clock.” His song “Television Screen” was the first punk single in the world to make the top 20.
After the breakup of the Radiators, he joined the Anglo-Irish group the Pogues in 1984. The Pogues fused traditional Irish music with rock and punk. Chevron wrote several of their hits including the ballad “Thousands Are Sailing.”
Plans are being made for a memorial service, but no date or location have been announced at this time. He is survived by his mother and his sister.
Here's Philip Chevron singing "Thousands Are Sailing" for the documentary "Completely Pogues":
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