Music scene pays tribute to Manchester singer Denise Johnson

Manchester-born singer Denise Johnson died on Monday. Credit: FOTF/Trashed TV

Tributes from those in the music industry have been paid to Manchester-born singer Denise Johnson who died on Monday.

Johnson, who was found dead yesterday (July 27), was known for her work on Primal Scream's critically acclaimed 1991 album Screamadelica.

She also featured on records from some of her home town's biggest bands, including New Order.

A statement on Primal Scream's Twitter page said: "We were sad to hear about the passing of Denise Johnson. Our condolences to her family and friends.

"Denise's vital contributions to our Screamadelica & Give Out But Don't Give Up albums and tours are a testament to her talent. Precious Memories."

Her solo acoustic album, Where Does It All Go, is set to be released in September.

Johnny Marr and Peter Hook are also among music stars who have paid tribute to the singer.

A statement from her family said Johnson "died suddenly" and had been "ill in the week prior to her death, but told friends she was 'much better' on Friday".

No cause of death was announced.

Former Smiths guitarist Marr said it had been a "privilege to work with her".

He tweeted: "Such sad news about our dear friend Denise Johnson. Playing alongside her was something else."

Hook, former bassist of New Order, said: "Shocked and saddened to hear about Denise - my heart goes out to the Johnson family for their terrible loss. Rest in peace Denise, singing with the angels. X."

Johnson sang alongside Manchester band A Certain Ratio for more than 25 years, according to her family's statement.

The band asked fans to "spend some time listening to her wonderful voice, remembering her loving nature and infectious sense of humour".