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Denny Laine

Denny Laine, the lead singer of rock band The Moody Blues and guitarist with Sir Paul McCartney’s group Wings, has died aged 79.

His wife Elizabeth Haines said on Tuesday that he had died following a long battle with lung disease.

She said in a statement: ‘I was at his side, holding his hand as I played his favourite Christmas songs for him.’ Denny sang on The Moody Blues’ 1965 multi-million selling single Go Now and co-wrote the Wings hit Mull of Kintyre. In 2018, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Moody Blues.

Denny Laine was the voice of Go Now, one of the defining ballads of the 1960s, and co-wrote one of the biggest-selling songs in UK chart history, Wings’ Mull of Kintyre.

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Born Brian Hines in the Channel Islands, Laine grew up in Birmingham and was inspired to play guitar by jazz legend Django Reinhardt.

His stage name derived from a childhood nickname, Denny, and his sister’s favourite singer, Frankie Laine. (The similarity to Penny Lane, written by his future Wings’ bandmate, was coincidental.)

His professional career began as the frontman of a local band called Denny Laine and the Diplomats, which featured future ELO musician Bev Bevan on drums.

But when the band failed a record label audition, Laine left to join The Moody Blues.

There, he scored a number one hit with Go Now and followed it up with a number of R&B-influenced singles like From The Bottom of My Heart (I Love You) and Bye Bye Bird.

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Laine (right) performing with Paul and Linda McCartney in 1977

But their commercial success was on the slide, and Laine left before the band reinvented itself as a progressive rock outfit with songs like Nights In White Satin.

His next project, the Denny Laine String Band, also struggled to achieve chart success and the guitarist took a sabbatical in Spain to study flamenco guitar, before joining Cream drummer Ginger Baker in his hard rock outfit Air Force.

Then, in 1971, McCartney announced the arrival of Wings – his first band since the Beatles, centred around songs written with his wife Linda.

Denny Laine provided guitar, bass and vocals, giving essential support to McCartney on hits like Jet, Band on the Run and Live and Let Die.

He had known McCartney since the Diplomats and The Moody Blues supported The Beatles on tour in the 60s; and although he had previously been known as a frontman, he enjoyed the freedom Wings afforded him.

“I was in the shadows more, but I wasn’t bothered by that,” he told Billboard earlier this year.

“I was traveling the world and learning a lot and having a good time in many ways. So from that point of view, it was easy for me.”

But he was gifted solo sections during concerts on the Wings Over America tour, where he sang Go Now, amongst other songs.

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In the studio with Wings in 1973

Wings split in 1981 after Paul McCartney was arrested in Japan for marijuana possession while on tour.

Laine continued working with McCartney on his early 1980s solo albums Tug of War and Pipes of Peace, and pursued a solo career, having already released a handful of albums in the 1970s.

1980’s Japanese Tear included the Paul McCartney co-write Send Me The Heart, along with several songs Wings had recorded but never released.

Future albums included Hometown Girls, Wings On My Feet and Lonely Road – and the musician re-imagined some of Wing’s biggest hits on 1996’s Wings At The Sound of Denny Laine.

His final solo album, The Blue Musician, was released in 2008 and he continued to tour, playing a selection of the songs he was associated with, until very recently.

In 2018, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Moody Blues – after initially being left off the list of inductees.

He was charitable about the snub, saying the rest of the band deserved a place “because of the amount of work and the popularity” they had achieved after he left.

But he was honoured to be added to the roster. “I think I’m at least a little part of their story, so I feel very content, really,” he told Billboard.”

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Denny Laine’s death comes shortly after Wings announced a 50th anniversary reissue of Band On The Run.

When is Denny Laine funeral service?

As of December 5, 2023, Denny Laine funeral details have not been announced yet by his family.

Having said that, we are still following up on his death, we will update you as soon as we get important information about Denny Laine funeral service.


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