At the end of 1969, Fairport released “Liege & Leaf.” Dominated by traditional tunes, totally reimagined, and Denny’s dusky ache of a voice, it set the standard and defined the British folk rock genre.
It was also the last thing Denny would record with the band.
She started a band called Fotheringay, releasing one album with them, and then began her solo career. It started with a lot of promise, and two very good albums. There are moments of brilliance on the third, but by the time of her final album, “Rendezvous,” it all seemed uninspired. As Rolling Stone would later say of that effort, “casting her as a pop singer didn’t quite work.”
Less than a year after “Rendezvous” was released, Denny died on April 21, 1978, from complications after a fall down a flight of stairs. She was 31 years old, and left behind a 9-month-old daughter.
She left behind a remarkable recorded legacy, too, one that changed the course of a particular corner of popular music forever.