Guitarist, singer songwriter Denny Laine has died at age 79. The guitarist was a founding member of The Moody Blues but gained rockstar status when he helped form Paul McCartney and Wings, where he played for the life of the band, traveling on several world tours with Paul. In later years Laine made appearances at The Fest for Beatles Fans and Abbey Road on the River, a multi-stage Beatles music festival that takes place in May, he also played many solo shows or Wings recreation bands.
In 2018, Denny was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with The Moody Blues.
Denny, born in Tyseley, Birmingham, had battled with Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD). There was hope that he would recover from the illness enough to return home but sadly, this was not the case and he passed away the morning of December 5th 2023. The announcement came the same day that Paul McCartney announced the reissue of 50th anniversary release of Wings most highly acclaimed album, “Band on The Run”, set for early February. Denny, Paul and Linda recorded the album alone as the two other Wings musicians decided to step aside. On the cover, Denny is 2nd from the right, crouching.
Denny was no stranger to Beatle Brunch. In 2017 host Joe Johnson received a message from Denny’s wife Elizabeth that he was coming to Ft. Lauderdale FL to play and would he like to meet and interview Denny before his show. Joe gladly agreed, but since there was no backstage at this club, he and Denny conducted the interview in the backseat of an SUV that Denny had rented for the trip. Hear a fantastic new song from Denny in 2017 which he wanted to play on Beatle Brunch, “Meant to Be”.
You can hear that fun and spirited interview below:
Here is the warm and loving tribute from his former “boss”, Paul McCartney:
I am very saddened to hear that my ex-bandmate, Denny Laine, has died. I have many fond memories of my time with Denny: from the early days when The Beatles toured with the Moody Blues. Our two bands had a lot of respect for each other and a lot of fun together.
LISTEN TO JOE JOHNSON’S INTERVIEW WITH DENNY IN 2017
JOE JOHNSON AND DENNY LAINE, APRIL 23, 2017.
..meanwhile, PLEASE ROLL UP!
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