Tributes have been paid to Manchester singing ‘legend’, Denise Johnson.
The news of the artist’s death broke on Twitter on Monday afternoon, with fellow stars celebrating her life and extensive career.
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She was famed for collaborations with Scottish rock band, Primal Scream, and ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr’s group Electronic.
The vocalist was preparing to release a debut acoustic album, in September called ‘Where Does It Go.’
No further details about the singer’s death have been released.
Primal Scream’s bassist, Simone Marie, lead a series of emotional tributes to the star on Twitter.
“Very sad news. love and prayers to Denise’s family and loved ones,” she said.
“Rest in Power Denise Johnson x.”
Music journalist, Shell Zenner wrote: I’m absolutely heartbroken to hear about the passing of @TheDJohnsonR3AL forever a legend, always wore her heart on her sleeve and was brimming over with passion.
“Taken way too soon.”
Born and raised in Hulme, Denise Johnson began her career performing with American soul band, Maze, during an English tour in the late 1980s.
From there, she went on to sing on Primal Scream’s hit album Screamadelica, with her vocals most known for the track ‘Don’t Fight it, feel it.’
During the mid-to late 1990s, Johnson released three solo singles: “Rays of the Rising Sun,” “I Believe,” and “Inner Peace.”
She went on provide vocals on a number of songs for Johnny Marr and Bernard Sumner’s alternative dance super group, Electronic.
Johnson’s new album was due to be released on September 25.
The singer tweeted on July 18: “For those asking, my debut acoustic album ‘Where Does It Go’ is now available for pre-order.
“Huge thanks to those that have got behind this, by either just liking/retweeting/commenting to pre-ordering.”
English singer, Rowetta wrote on Twitter: “Sad sad news today. I have so many great memories of Denise from when we were young.