Her death was sudden but came after a short illness, say her family
Denise Johnson, the Manchester-born vocalist known for her work with Primal Scream, New Order and A Certain Ratio, was found dead at her home yesterday. She was 56 years old.
Announcing the news last night, a statement issued on behalf of her family read in part, "Denise had been ill in the week prior to her death but told friends she was 'much better' on Friday. The cause of death is not yet known, although she was discovered, holding her inhaler, on Monday morning."
Born in Manchester on 31 July 1963, Denise Johnson grew up in the inner city area of Hulme and began her singing career in local covers bands in the 80s before joining soul group Fifth Of Heaven and, later, dance duo Hypnotone. But it was her work with Primal Scream in the early 90s that brought her to fame: she sang on Don't Fight It, Feel It and other tracks on the band's seminal 1991 album Screamadelica, and would continue to work with the band throughout the early 90s.
Since then, her vocals have graced recordings and live shows by New Order, Electronic, A Certain Ratio (with whom she performed over 200 times), Ian Brown and Pet Shop Boys, and tragically she was due to release her first solo album Where Does It Go, after over 30 years in the game, at the end of September.
Our thoughts are with her family and friends.