Scottish singer-songwriter Rab Noakes dies aged 75

Scottish singer-songwriter Rab Noakes has died aged 75.

oakes died in hospital on Friday after a career spanning more than half a century, with more than 20 albums to his name.

First playing professionally in 1967, he went on to be a founding member of the folk rock band Stealers Wheel and performed at festivals such as Celtic Connections.

Best-selling crime writer Val McDermid, like Mr Noakes, from Fife, paid tribute to the man she had known since he was a teenager.

“In tears when I heard the news of Rab Noakes passing. Having known and loved this generous, talented, open-minded man since I was 14 years old, never known a kind soul. Or a better guitarist,” she said.

Singer-songwriter Barbara Dickson also remembers the man she once performed with.

“Today, my dear and old friend Rab Noakes passed away suddenly in the hospital,” she said.

“I’m shocked. We have a lot in common – the Everly Brothers, the Burrito Flying Brothers and a lifelong love of songs, especially traditional music. Sleep well, Rab. You can rest in peace.”

Before founding the Neon production company with his wife, he worked for the BBC for eight years.

Steve Carson, director of BBC Scotland, said: “All of us at BBC Scotland are deeply saddened by the news of Rab Noakes.

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“His contribution to music in Scotland cannot be overstated, along with some of the remarkable programming he has done here at the BBC.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends, and with all of his fans across the country.”

BBC Radio Scotland broadcaster Bryan Burnett said: “What a sad news about our very own Rab Noakes. A huge loss.

“He hired me at Radio Scotland and as a producer he taught me a lot about the country-pop genre that we both love.” Scottish singer-songwriter Rab Noakes dies aged 75

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