The Pogues’ guitarist Phil Chevron has died. The musician was 56 years old. Chevron was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2007. Although he spent five years in remission, he was eventually overcome with the disease.
A native of Dublin, Ireland, Chevron joined the punk scene as a member of Radiators From Space. In 1982 he left the Irish punk band to become guitarist for The Pogues.
Chevron joined the London-based band in time to participate in their second album. The album, produced by Elvis Costello, was titled Rum, Sodomy & the Lash.
The album gained international attention. As reported by Los Angeles Times, it is touted as “one of the great rock albums of the 1980s.”
Phil Chevron went on to write one of the band’s most popular songs. “Thousands are Sailing” was featured on the album If I Should Fall From Grace With God.
The song follows the story of an Irishman who migrates to the United States. While spending an evening in Manhattan, the Irishman reminisces about his homeland and ancestors.
Chevron’s story-telling song quickly became a beloved classic, cementing the band’s popularity. The ballad has been labeled as one of the most memorable songs the band ever produced.
A series of personal issues and disagreements led to The Pogues demise in 1996. However, they reunited in 2001. As reported by New York Times, the band remained intact for the next 12 years.
The band enjoyed continued success, combining traditional Irish sounds with punk and rock.
Phil Chevron eventually settled in his hometown of Dublin. He passed away on Tuesday, surrounded by family. The talented musician will be missed by friends, family, and fans, worldwide.
Chevron is survived by his mother and sister.
The Pogues’ guitarist was a well-known figure in the Irish punk scene. Chevron will be remembered as a talented musician, songwriter, and producer.