Wednesday, 15 June 2016

McCartney's Wings' guitarist Henry McCullough passes away

Henry McCullough, who played guitar in Paul McCartney's band Wings, passed away on Tuesday. 
He was 72. His LIVE music agent Nigel Martyn said McCullough died after a long illness. He said the guitarist never fully recovered from a severe heart attack suffered four years ago. McCullough played with the Grease Band with Joe Cocker at Woodstock, and worked at various times with
Marianne Faithfull and Donovan, and he also appeared on the original cast recording of "Jesus Christ Superstar."

The Northern Ireland native was recruited to join the second version of Wings in 1971, and his guitar solo on "My Girl" on the album "Red Rose Speedway" marked a career peak. He improvised it in a single take. 

"With music, sometimes you come across something and it's a gift from God and it's channeled through you," he said in a 2011 interview with the website Pennyblackmusic. 

McCullough, who also played on the single of "Live and Let Die," walked out of Wings in July 1973 after clashing with McCartney. 

The rift was patched up in later years. "Just because there's a little hiccup along the way, it doesn't take away from what you've built up," he said in a 2011 interview with the website Musiclegends. 

He also worked with George Harrison's Dark Horse label, which produced his solo album "Mind Your Own Business" in 1975. 

During his time with Wings, McCullough was one of the people whose voices are heard answering questions at the end of Pink Floyd's song "Money" from the album "Dark Side of the Moon." 

"Always open for offers, you know," he had told Musiclegends. "It's the only way I know to make any money, to be honest with you," he had confessed. 

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