Obituaries

Phil Chevron, guitarist for The Pogues; at 56

Mr. Chevron wrote several Pogues songs, including ‘‘Thousands Are Sailing.’’

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Mr. Chevron wrote several Pogues songs, including ‘‘Thousands Are Sailing.’’

DUBLIN — Phil Chevron, the guitarist for the boisterous Anglo-Irish band The Pogues, has died.

He was 56.

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Pogues manager Mark Addis said Mr. Chevron, whose real name was Philip Ryan, died Tuesday in Dublin after being treated for head and neck cancer.

The Dublin-born musician was a member of seminal Irish punk rockers The Radiators From Space before joining the London-based Pogues in the early 1980s.

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The band, fronted by singer Shane MacGowan, fused Irish traditional music, rock, and punk into an exhilarating hybrid on albums such as ‘‘Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash’’ and ‘‘If I Should Fall From Grace With God.’’

Mr. Chevron wrote several well-known Pogues songs, including the Irish emigration ballad ‘‘Thousands Are Sailing.’’

He leaves his sister and his mother.

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