Denny Laine, Paul McCartney’s secret weapon when the Beatles broke up and put together Wings, died

The British musician Denny Laineleader of The Moody Blues and guitarist of Paul McCartney in the group Wingsdied at age 79 after a “long battle with lung disease,” according to his wife Elizabeth Hines on social media.

The English singer, songwriter and co-founder of The Moody Blues and Wings had faced some health problems after being infected with covid-19 in 2022.

“I stood by her side, holding her hand while I sang her favorite Christmas songs,” Hines said in a statement.

Throughout his musical career, Laine wrote the hit Go Now for the Moody Blues and co wrote the hit Mull of Kintyrepara Wings.

What did Paul say?

After learning of his death, Paul McCartney praised the musician on his Instagram account.

Paul McCartney's post upon learning of the death of Denny Laine.Paul McCartney’s post upon learning of the death of Denny Laine.

He said: “I am very sad to hear that my former bandmate, Denny Laine, has died.

I have many fond memories of my time with Denny: from the early days when The Beatles were on tour with the Moody Blues. Our two bands respected each other a lot and had a lot of fun together. Denny joined Wings early on. He was an outstanding vocalist and guitarist. His most famous performance is probably Go Nowan old Bessie Banks song that she sang brilliantly.

“He and I wrote a few songs together, the most successful was Mull of Kintyre, which was a huge hit in the ’70s. We had grown apart, but In recent years we managed to reestablish our friendship and share memories of our times together.

“Denny was a great talent with a fine sense of humor and was always willing to help other people. He will be missed by all his fans and fondly remembered by his friends. I send my deepest condolences and best wishes to his wife Isabel and his family.

Peace and love Denny. It was nice meeting you. “We are all going to miss you.”

The assembly of Wings

As the Beatles disbanded in 1969-1970, McCartney fell into a depression. In 1970, he continued his musical career with his first solo release, McCartney, a number one album in the United States. In 1971, he collaborated with Linda and drummer Denny Seiwell on a second album, Ram.

Later that year, former Moody Blues guitarist Denny Laine joined the McCartneys and Seiwell to form the band Wings. McCartney had this to say about the group’s formation.: “Wings was always a difficult idea… any group that had to follow the success of the Beatles would have a difficult job… I found myself in that same position. However, it was a choice between continuing or ending, and I loved it too much music enough to think about stopping.

Following the addition of guitarist Henry McCullough, Wings’ first concert tour began in 1972 with a debut performance in front of an audience of just 700 people at the University of Nottingham. McCartney wanted the tour to avoid large venues; most of the small venues they played held fewer than 3,000 people.

Step by step, Wings gained popularity and went to number one with albums like Band on the run, where Laine’s sound and inventiveness stood out. After their departure, they reunited on albums such as Tug of War y Pipes of Peace. She released solo albums and continued playing live.

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