Cult Scottish singer/songwriter, poet, author and broadcaster Ivor Cutler died March 3 aged 83.

Cult Scottish singer/songwriter, poet, author and broadcaster Ivor Cutler died March 3 aged 83.

One of the United Kingdom's most idiosyncratic talents, Cutler's passing was marked by lengthy obituaries in the national press; the Guardian newspaper described him as an "unassuming master of offbeat humor whose eccentric take on the world entertained generations."

Glasgow-born Cutler won an international following over a career stretching across almost 50 years, winning a legion of admirers ranging from John Lennon to avant-garde musician Robert Wyatt, Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos and Irish singer song-writer David Kitt.

He was also championed by influential British radio presenter the late John Peel, who regularly aired Cutler's recordings over 21 sessions for his BBC shows from 1969 until his own death in 2004. Cutler retired from performing in 2004 due to failing health.

Cutler was born in Glasgow Jan. 15, 1923 to Jewish parents of eastern European descent. After attending school in Glasgow, he briefly worked for Rolls-Royce as an apprentice fitter and served in the Royal Air Force during World War II.
He subsequently studied at Glasgow School of Art and trained as a teacher, moving to Suffolk, England and then London, where he taught music and drama from 1954 until his retirement in 1980.

He began performing his own songs in 1957, building a reputation over the next five years as a quirky performer with often surreal but beautifully-observed songs and monologs based on his own underprivileged upbringing in Glasgow.
During this period, he also regularly appeared on BBC radio programs and had frequent guest slots on U.K. TV shows. Through Lennon's patronage, Cutler was also seen by millions of Beatles fans worldwide in the role of bus conductor Buster Bloodvessel in the one-off "Magical Mystery Tour" TV show in 1967. That year, Beatles producer Sir George Martin produced Cutler's album "Ludo" for Parlophone. "Ludo" was re-issued in 1997 by U.K. independent Creation Records on its Rev-Ola imprint.

Cutler had made his recording debut in the United Kingdom in 1959 with the EP "Ivor Cutler of Y'Hup" on Fontana and released his first album "Who Tore Your Trousers?" on Decca in 1961.

In the mid-1970s, he signed to Virgin Records and released three critically-acclaimed albums of songs and monologs: "Dandruff" (1974), "Velvet Donkey" (1975), and "Jammy Smears" (1976). They contained some of his best-loved works, such as "Fremsley," "I Like Sitting" and "Bicarbonate of Chicken," alongside episodes from what would become his most widely-known publication, "Life In A Scotch Sitting Room Vol. 2" (typically, "Vol. 1" does not exist), published by Methuen in 1984.

Most of the latter work also appeared on a 1978 live Harvest/EMI album "Life In A Scotch Sitting Room Vol. 2." Cutler later released albums on Rough Trade and Creation. He also published several other books of prose, poetry and children's stories and poetry.