Martin Duffy Biography – Martin Duffy Wiki
Martin Duffy was an English keyboardist who originally played with Felt and most famously with Primal Scream. He also performed with The Charlatans.
Duffy, who grew up in Birmingham, joined indie-pop band Felt when he was 16, before later joining Gillespie’s Primal Scream – going from part-time to a full-time member.
He was part of the line-up when the band released its third album Screamadelica in 1991, their first commercially successful album and the winner of the inaugural Mercury Prize the following year.
The musician also famously stepped in at the last minute to play with The Charlatans when they supported Oasis at Knebworth in 1996, following the death of their own keyboard player Rob Collins in a car crash just a few weeks earlier. He also went on to help finish the band’s fifth album Tellin’ Stories, which was being recorded that year.
Duffy was also a member of the rock supergroup The Chavs, formed in 2004 by former Libertines guitarist Carl Barat and Burgess alongside drummer Andy Burrows from Razorlight.
In 2012 he performed as part of another supergroup at a fundraising concert at Manchester Cathedral, this time featuring Burgess and Mark Collins of The Charlatans with Peter Hook of New Order.
In recent years he toured as part of Burgess’s live band, playing music from the singer’s solo albums.
Martin Duffy Age
Martin Bernard Duffy was born on 18 May 1967 in Birmingham, England. He died on 20 December 2022 in Brighton, East Sussex, England. He was 55 years old.
Martin Duffy Wife
Was Martin Duffy married? He was reportedly unmarried at the time of his death.
Martin Duffy Children
Keyboardist Martin Duffy has a son named Louie.
Martin Duffy Family
Primal Scream and Felt keyboardist Martin Duffy is survived by his son Louie, his mother, brothers and his extended family.
Martin Duffy Death
Primal Scream and Charlatans keyboardist Martin Duffy died on Sunday 20 December 2022, at the age of 55 after suffering a brain injury following a fall at his home in Brighton. He died on the same day as fellow music star Terry Hall, frontman of ska band The Specials.
The news was confirmed by The Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess and Creation Records founder Alan McGee, who signed Primal Scream to his label in the 1980s, with lead singer Bobby Gillespie later sharing a poignant tribute.
Burgess wrote: “Another tragic loss of a beautiful soul. Martin Duffy stepped in to save The Charlatans when we lost Rob. He played with us at Knebworth helped us finish Tellin Stories and was a true friend. He toured with me as a member of my solo band too. He was a pleasure to spend time with. Safe travels Duffy xx”
In an emotional tribute shared on Primal Scream’s Instagram account, Gillespie wrote: “Hard to write this. We never know how to speak around death other than polite platidudes. All I want to say is that our soul brother Martin Duffy passed away on Sunday. He suffered a brain injury due to a fall at his home in Brighton. We in Primal Scream are all so sad.
“I’ve known Martin since he was a teenager in Felt. He played keyboards on every album of ours from the first to the last. Finally joining the band in 1991.
“Martin was a very special character. He had a love and understanding of music on a deep spiritual level. Music meant everything to him. He loved literature and was well read and erudite. An autodidact. A deep thinker, curious about the world and other cultures. Always visiting museums in every city we played or looking for Neolithic stones in remote places. Opinionated and stubborn in his views.
“He could play piano to the level where he was feted not just by his peers in British music, but old school master American musicians such as James Luther Dickinson, Roger Hawkins & David Hood & producer Tom Dowd.
“I witnessed a session at Abbey Rd in 1997 for a Dr John album where his record company had assembled a bunch of young Indie Brit musicians where Mac Rebenac ( Dr John ) seemed bored and uninterested in the session until Martin started playing, then suddenly the good Dr started knocking some funky piano chops and I instantly knew it was because his ears had pricked up when he heard Martin play and the session at last came alive.
“Martin was the most musically talented of all of us. His style combined elements of country, blues and soul, all of which he had a God given natural feel for. He never played the same thing twice, ever. He was all about ‘the moment’, better have that ‘record’ button on when Duffy was on fire. His timing was unique, funky and ALWAYS behind the beat.
“George Clinton also dug Martin. I remember a session in Chicago where George said to him ” go to church Duffy !” , and he did.
“Martin was also in possession of a unique wit. He had a swift eye for the absurd, the surreal and the ridiculous. He lived to laugh and play music. He was loved by all of us in the Scream. A beautiful soul. We will miss him.”
In a statement, Martin Duffy’s family confirmed the keyboardist suffered a brain injury after a fall and died as a result of his injuries. Duffy’s brother Steve shared a family statement on Twitter, saying: “It is with great sadness that we make known that Martin (`Duffy’) suffered a brain injury after a fall and passed away peacefully, surrounded by family and his beloved son Louie. He was loved by his mother, brothers, wider family and close friends. Everyone who knew Martin loved him; he was the real deal, our shining star.”
Martin Duffy Cause of Death
The cause of death was given as a brain injury suffered after a fall at his home in Brighton.
Martin Duffy Net Worth
Primal Scream keyboardist Martin Duffy’s net worth is estimated to be $1 million.