Denise Johnson: Tributes paid to singer who worked with Primal Scream, Pet Shop Boys and many others

28 July 2020, 13:50

Manchester music legend Denise Johnson has died aged 56
Manchester music legend Denise Johnson has died aged 56. Picture: Getty

By Sian Moore

Music legends have paid tribute to Denise Johnson, who has died aged 56.

Denise Johnson, a Manchester-born singer best known for her vocals on Primal Scream's Screamadelica, has passed away at the age of 56.

A Certain Ratio, a band Johnson often collaborated with, confirmed the news, saying: "She had been ill in the week prior to her death but told friends she was 'much better' on Friday.

"She was found on Monday morning and the cause of death is not yet known."

Tributes have been shared online for the much-loved vocalist, including messages from the Stone Roses' Ian Brown and Primal Scream's Simone Marie Butler.

Tributes have been paid to the Manchester-born singer
Tributes have been paid to the Manchester-born singer. Picture: Getty

"Shocked and devastated to hear of the passing of Denise Johnson. An absolutely beautiful lady," New Order's Stephen Morris said.

English electronic music group 808 State shared their tribute on Twitter, saying: "Her voice sews so many memories together in many contexts."

"She was beautiful and alive and I am grateful my music was touched by her beauty," English musician Bernard Butler said.

Johnson was set to release her debut solo album this year on September 25, titled Where Does It Go.

The vocalist has previously featured on tracks with the music groups Primal Scream, A Certain Ratio and the Pet Shop Boys.

She had also provided vocals for releases by Ian Brown, Bernard Butler and Michael Hutchence.