Beverly Martyn (b. Beverly Kutner) was a highly respected British folksinger when she met and fell in love with British singer/songwriter John Martyn. A longtime friend of Paul Simon, she had suggested the allusion to Donovan in the Simon and Garfunkel tune "Fakin' It." During a mid-'90s interview, Simon recalled, "She wasn't married to John Martyn at that time, but I knew her from way back in English scufflin' days and we brought her over to sing at the Monterey Pop Festival."
Beverly and John Martyn were married in 1969. The following year, they recorded two memorable duo albums: Stormbringer, recorded in Woodstock, NY, with American musicians, including Levon Helm of the Band and Paul Harris on keyboards; and The Road to Ruin. Their collaboration, however, was short-lived. Shortly after the birth of her second child, in 1971, the marriage fell apart. Although she's attempted to regain her status as a traditional singer, Beverly Martyn has been unable to match her early success. ~ Craig Harris