Sad to lose another classic artist in 2016. Although at 82 I suppose we're getting beyond the "he died too young" cliche.
Undoubtedly a great lyricist I've never actually owned a record of his. As a performer he never appealed. When I saw film of his later tours I never got the adoration he was receiving except as a public show of coolness by the audience.
I do like lots of his songs done by other people. Hallelujah has become a cliche and overdone in a similar way to Yesterday. But hearing other artists do Bird on a Wire, Famous Blue Raincoat or Anthem plus a heap of others shows his unique songwriting skills.