Marianne Faithfull, who became a folk/rock icon in the counterculture 1960s, is still struggling after her close call with death from a COVID-19 infection.
The singer, best known for her song “As Tears Go By,” contracted the disease in April and spent more than three weeks in the hospital.
Now, seven months later, Faithfull, 73,says she is still suffering from memory and lung problems.
“I really hurt my lungs. This, after smoking most of my life and having emphysema,” she said in a new interview. “And my short-term memory is affected.
“But I’m told that when you have coronavirus as badly as I did, that happens.”
The novel virus has killed more than 250,000 Americans in less than a year since the first case was recorded officially in January. Health experts say it may have been circulating even earlier.
While at least three companies are nearing completion of testing for vaccines, the death toll is expected to soar over 300,000 before they become available, possibly as early as the Spring.
The coronavirus is rampaging through almost every state, but it’s highest in those jurisdictions where officials failed to implement basic measures like mask mandates, according to a New York Times analysis of data from the University of Oxford.
Many states and cities, however, are reinstating restrictions or adding new ones to control the outbreak.
The virus affects individuals in a wide range of ways, from mild to no ill effects up to requiring hospitalization and treatment in an intensive care unit.
People of all ages have died from the disease, which most adversely affects the elderly or those with underlying health conditions.
Following her bout with the disease, Faithfull says her memory is slowly coming back and her lungs are healing, enough so, that she has been recording a new record.
Marianne recorded seven tracks for She Walks In Beauty at her London home before Warren Ellis added arrangements.
She says she told him and collaborating artists Brian Eno, Nick Cave and Vincent Segal she had just one demand. She wanted no synth pads.
The advice came from her late friend and former producer Hal Willner, who died of coronavirus in April.
“His death broke my heart. And I so wanted to talk to Hal, to ask advice and play him tracks. And in a way, we did talk, and his message was – no synth pads.”
Faithfull has been candid about her health before, In 2018, she revealed she struggles to write because of chronic joint pain.
“I’ve got this terrible arthritis. It’s in my left shoulder, arm and hand. I recovered from all those awful things, like the broken back and the hip and bone infection. That was bad enough – then I got this arthritis,” she said.
“My mother had it too, so it’s genetic, I think. I’m left-handed. That makes it hard for me to write or type. It’s awful, man – but I get through.”
The singer is confident she’ll recover fully in time and is proud to have been able to make her new record.
Check out her top hit from the 1960s.