The Who's Roger Daltrey and Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page have paid tributes to singer-songwriter and Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson, who has died aged 75.
The musician found fame in the 1970s pub-rock band who helped pave the way for British punk, and also enjoyed a successful solo career.
Daltrey, who recorded an album with Johnson in 2014 called Going Back Home, said he was "lucky" to have known him.
In a statement, he said: "More than anything Wilko wanted to be a poet. I was lucky to have known him and have him as a friend.
"His music lives on but there’s no escaping the final curtain this time."
Referencing a poem by J Milton Hayes, Daltrey added: "So it’s goodnight to Mad Carew, the uncompromising Bard of Canvey."
Led Zeppelin guitarist Page said he was "sad" to hear the news, and recalled watching the Dr Feelgood star perform at Koko in Camden in May 2013.
I'm sad to hear today of the passing of Wilko Johnson, the Dr Feelgood guitarist and singer/songwriter.— Jimmy Page (@JimmyPage) November 23, 2022
I saw Wilko perform at Koko in Camden in May 2013 and the atmosphere was electric. This show was originally billed as his farewell tour pic.twitter.com/M1sQIEe4mm
"The atmosphere was electric. This show was originally billed as his farewell tour," he tweeted.
Folk singer Billy Bragg described Johnson as a "precursor of punk", writing on Twitter: "His guitar playing was angry and angular, but his presence – twitchy, confrontational, out of control – was something we’d never beheld before in UK pop.
"Rotten, Strummer and Weller learned a lot from his edgy demeanour. He does it right RIP."
Blur guitarist Graham Coxon said Johnson was one of his "all time tele heroes" while Tim Burgess from The Charlatans said: "God speed Wilko."
Alex Kapranos from Franz Ferdinand reflected on how Johnson had inspired him, writing on Twitter: "Very sad to hear Wilko Johnson has died.
"His unique, wired playing & stage presence thrilled & inspired many guitarists, myself included.
"When I interviewed him a few years ago, he was bright, thoughtful & an astonishing story teller. His presence will be felt for many more years."
Radio presenter Bob Harris reflected on how Dr Feelgood did their first radio session on his BBC Radio 1 show in 1974.
"Wilko was absolutely unique. His energy and spirit were incredible. We’ll really miss him," he added