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Jackie Leven

Jackie Leven

(1950 – 2011)

  • Jackie, you are sadly missed . In Memory of a great man, and a great musician. Love, Maia X
    Lit by Maia Russell
  • Really enjoyed your music. Great local talent. Rest in peace.
    Lit by Cherry Hunt
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Jackie Leven

Jackie Leven
(1950 – 2011)

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Jackie Leven

(1950 – 2011)
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About Jackie
This is a tribute in memory of Jackie Leven.
Jackie Leven was a Scottish songwriter and folk musician.
Jackie Leven started his musical career in the late 1960s under the pseudonym "John St Field", and recorded one album, Control, between 1973 and 1975.
He formed the band Doll by Doll in 1977. They released four albums between 1979 and 1982. Doll by Doll Blended folk, blues, Celtic, psychedelic and punk influences, and featured Jackie Leven as the main songwriter.
After Doll by Doll disbanded in 1983, Jackie Leven began a solo career. He suffered a street assault and near strangulation during the recording of his first solo album in 1984, which left him unable to speak for nearly two years. During
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this time he became addicted to heroin. During this time he collaborated with fellow ex-Doll by Dolls members Joe Shaw and David Macintosh, plus ex-Sex Pistol Glen Matlock to release the single "Big Tears" under the band name Concrete Bulletproof Invisible. The record was a Melody Maker single of the week in 1988.
Jackie Leven is credited on the 1997 album Shifting City by John Foxx for the title of an electronic dance track called 'Concrete Bulletproof Invisible'. With Doll by Doll, Jackie Leven supported Ultravox at several gigs on their UK tour in October 1978.
In 1994 his solo career restarted with the release of the mini-album Songs from the Argyll Cycle and the full-length album The Mystery of Love
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is Greater than the Mystery of Death, now signed to Cooking Vinyl and recording in the folk rock style. Since then he has released fifteen albums. In addition to his broader commercial releases, he has released a number of limited edition, fanclub-only live albums through the Haunted Valley fanzine and website.
In 2006 Jackie Leven released the album Songs For Lonely Americans using the pseudonym "Sir Vincent Lone". A second Sir Vincent Lone CD, When The Bridegroom Comes (Songs For Women), was recorded a year later. Initially sold only at live shows, it proved so successful that it eventually saw commercial release by Cooking Vinyl.
He eventually cured himself of his addiction with the help of his wife
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Carol, through a combination of acupuncture and psychic healing. This led him to form the CORE Trust organization, which favours a holistic approach to the treatment of heroin addiction.
Jackie Leven wrote about the "Sir Vincent" pseudonym:
"Some years ago I noticed that I was writing a lot more songs than I was ever going to record and get released, especially in these times where you can only release one studio album every eighteen months. As I am a writer of genius, this began to worry me more and more. So I went to see my Cooking Vinyl boss, Martin Goldschmidt, to ask him if I could make more records. He said no. I said to him 'look, The Beatles once released four albums in one year, and nobody
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said to them, hey that's too many records in one year'. Martin said 'Jackie, this is not 1967 and you are not The Beatles'. We talked some more and we agreed that I could make records under a different name - that name is Sir Vincent Lone."
Jackie Leven's next album, Lovers at the Gun Club was released in 2008. He released an album in 2010, Gothic Road.
Jackie Leven died on the 14th of November 2011. This is an online memorial dedicated to the life of Jackie Leven. May he rest in peace.
Remembrance Messages
On 8th Dec 2013
Martin Schmidt
wrote:
I saw Jackie Leven three times in Münster in 1995, 1997 and 1998, all concerts took place in the Odeon, a well known club no more in existence. He was very charming and allowed me to film the second show. When he came in the afternoon, we talked a bit – I loved his warm voice and the aura coming from him. He always took the Kolping Hotel when he played in Münster. The Odeon was his favourite club in Europe, despite another from Stockholm.
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Martin Schmidt
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So much to remember….
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On 6th Dec 2013
Andy Clark
wrote:
Alas, I only got to know of Jackie and his work upon hearing his obituary on Radio 4. Since that announcement, I have become absolutely enchanted with his songs; the lyrics, the stories that he tells and the quality of his voice. I only wish I could have discovered his prodigious talent whilst he was still alive and seen him perform. However, such is the measure of any great artist, his spirit lives on in the form of the legacy of the body of work he created
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Andy Clark
message continued:
in his life. I am so pleased to have 'discovered' Jackie and his prodigious talent and his soft Scottish brogue now accompanies me wherever my IPad or my faithful MacBook Pro accompany me. I hope that many others such as I, discover Jackie and that our membership swells the numbers of those who enjoyed listening to his music whilst he was alive, as a lasting tribute to the man and his music
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On 14th May 2012
Me
wrote:
I found this site whilst googling Jackie stuff because today is 'Jackie Day', i.e the 14th! I'll 'see' you later mate and drink with ye (and fae ye). On 14/12/11 I checked the London date on the JL w'site, only to discover it wont be happening!!! Maybe I should have bitten my tooth in two. To think I met you at all 3 gigs I went to and didnt make the most out of each occasion (oh sorry about barnstorming your soundcheck at the Cabbage Patch last summer Jackie).
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Me
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WE know, don't we!
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On 6th Feb 2012
Maia Russell
wrote:
I only discovered Jackie Leven only a week ago, I borrowed a CD from the Library, called."Jackie Leven said---"which he shared with the writer, Ian Rankin. I was totally blown away by his Haunting music, so I looked up everything I could about him.Sadly, I found out hed passed away last November, 2011. What a very sad life he led, being beaten almost to death, then geting addicted to and finally conquering heroin, only to die so young.Jackie, you may have left
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Maia Russell
message continued:
your physical body but you will never be forgotten.I love your music, you are one of the greats. Vale--rest in peace, Dear Jackie. Love, Maia.
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On 23rd Nov 2011
John Arter
wrote:
Jackie Leven is one huge talent and I did not realise how important his music was to me until he has gone !
I and I am sure thousands of other fan will never ever forget you and will continue play your music until we get called to join you.
Rest in peace John
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On 19th Nov 2011
Lori Saganek
wrote:
You will be missed
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On 17th Nov 2011
Judith Rückert
wrote:
Dear Jackie,
if there is God he will always let you rest on his huge shoulder now...he will keep you calm and he will give you all his care and deep love. I know that you were seeking it all your life...I will never forget you neither I will let you leave my big heart...you told me sometimes that I am very special for you... so much caring and so trustful and loyal... I learned alot by our talks and I will never forget
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Judith Rückert
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your 1st and last big hug and kiss...may God protect Debbie your loyal partner...she was always doing great with you...you told me...und I think you will see us all sometimes and you'll wellcome us with your so strange humour and you will play with Johnny Cash and all the musicians now... Plse be well prepared for yopur loyal friends and fans...we will never stop asking you for an encore!!! ;o)) Love you too much and never will leave your heart...Judith xox
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Kindly lit by
Maia Russell
on 4th Jul 2015
They wrote:
Jackie, you are sadly missed . In Memory of a great man, and a great musician. Love, Maia X
Kindly lit by
Cherry Hunt
on 4th Jul 2015
They wrote:
Really enjoyed your music. Great local talent. Rest in peace.
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Jackie Leven

This is a tribute in memory of Jackie Leven.
Jackie Leven was a Scottish songwriter and folk musician.
Jackie Leven started his musical career in the late 1960s under the pseudonym "John St Field", and recorded one album, Control, between 1973 and 1975.
He formed the band Doll by Doll in 1977. They released four albums between 1979 and 1982. Doll by Doll Blended folk, blues, Celtic, psychedelic and punk influences, and featured Jackie Leven as the main songwriter.
After Doll by Doll disbanded in 1983, Jackie Leven began a solo career. He suffered a street assault and near strangulation during the recording of his first solo album in 1984, which left him unable to speak for nearly two years. During...

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