Saturday, June 12, 2004

POPOBIT: Graeme Kelling, the guitarist with Deacon Blue, died on Thursday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He'd been ill for four years.

Deacon Blue took their name from a Steely Dan song, and first emerged into the public as a support act for The Waterboys. Several hits followed - including Fergus Sings the Blues, Dignity and Cholcoate Girl - but the band split in 1994, frustrated by an inabilty to turn their UK chart action into a worldwide. Although not an original member, Graeme had been a fixture and rejoined when Deacon Blue reformed in 1999, after Ricky Ross' solo career went nowhere and Kelling had spent some time co-authoring a guide to the best of Glasgow, called, um, Glasgow the Best.

He leaves a wife, Julie, and two children, Alexander, 5, and Grace, 2. Graeme was 47.

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