Tributes have been paid to the Scottish singer-songwriter Jackie Leven, who has died at the age of 61, after a battle with cancer. He was the founding member of the punk band Doll by Doll, and also enjoyed a lengthy solo career. Among his many releases was a joint album with the crime writer Ian Rankin, who like Mr Leven hailed from Fife. A reformed drug addict, Leven and his wife set up a charity for the treatment of heroin addiction. Ian Rankin posted on Twitter: “RIP Jackie Leven. Gentle man, poetic songwriter, skilled guitarist, storyteller. It was an honour to call you friend.” BBC Radio Scotland presenter Tom Morton also used the social networking site to pay tribute to the singer. He tweeted: “Wish still had some Leven’s Lament whisky to drink to his memory. We’ll miss him.” Singer-songwriter Eddi Reader posted: “Has Jackie gone?? What hard news today!” Mr Leven’s record label, Cooking Vinyl, also posted: “Our long time friend and CV artist Jackie Leven has lost his battle with cancer. We will miss him dearly.” In the days leading up to his death, a statement on Mr Leven’s official website said: “In a career stretching over 40 years, Jackie Leven has carved an impressive reputation as a uniquely gifted singer-songwriter. “From his emergence as leader of the underrated Doll by Doll in the seventies, through well...Read More
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