I just read that Wilko Johnson, the charismatic guitarist of Dr Feelgood has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and does not plan to have treatment. Although I have  "discovered" Dr Feelgood very late on, this news has made me very sad. So I offer up this performance to show the man in his glory.

 

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Tags: Dr, Feelgood, Johnson, Wilko

Comment by Kyla Fairchild on January 11, 2013 at 7:49pm

I'm not familiar with Dr. Feelgood but one of my Face Book friends who is a huge music fan and has impeccable taste posted this same video and was saddened by the news.  I watched the video on face book and it made me want to hear more and learn about the band.

Comment by Jeremy Gaunt (music JJMG) on January 12, 2013 at 12:21am

There is a wonderful documentary about the band and the very strange place they came from called Oil City Confidential. They came from Canvey Island, a reclaimed island at the mouth of the Thames that is  primarily an oil refinery.

Comment by Kyla Fairchild on January 12, 2013 at 10:12am

From Wikipedia:

John Peter Wilkinson, is an English guitarist and songwriter, particularly associated with the UK rhythm and blues band Dr. Feelgood in the 1970s. Johnson and Dr Feelgood have been credited as one of the founding influences of the British punk movement.

He also played the iconic mute executioner Ser Ilyn Payne on the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones.

Here's a link to Wikipedia

Comment by Brendan Cooke on January 12, 2013 at 10:34am

sad news indeed...I remember seeing Feelgood in the late 7os  and saw Wilko and his 3 piece band put on a great show at the Kilkenny Roots Festival in 2011...perpetual motion on stage!

Comment by marvin boone on January 16, 2013 at 3:13pm

I had the flu in 1976 and I also had tickets to see Dr Feelgood at the Agora in Cleveland .Even though I felt like crap I went to the show and it was so great I left feeling totally healed.Wilko zipped around the stage playing blistering guitar and only his feet moved. He was like a manic young Jerry Lewis. Amazing. You shouldn't call the Dr. if you can't afford the pills...Amazing!!!Thoughts and prayers...

Comment by Kyla Fairchild on January 16, 2013 at 4:03pm

Great story Marvin.  The healing power of rock n roll!

Comment by marvin boone on January 17, 2013 at 5:40pm

AMEN!

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