Paul McCartney Post Personal Tribute To Denny Laine
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Paul McCartney paid tribute to the late Moody Blues and Wings co-founder Denny Laine who passed away Tuesday at age 79.
The Macca expressed his thoughts about Laine’s passing on a social media post that reads:
“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.”
Recalling their time together in Wings, McCartney shared:
“Denny joined Wings at the outset.
“He was an outstanding vocalist and guitar player. His most famous performance is probably ‘Go Now’ an old Bessie Banks song which he would sing brilliantly. He and I wrote some songs together the most successful being ‘Mull of Kintyre’ which was a big hit in the Seventies.”
McCartney then revealed that he and Laine eventually went separate ways but “managed to reestablish” their friendship and “share memories” of their time during most recent years. He continued:
“Denny was a great talent with a fine sense of humor and was always ready to help other people.
“He will be missed by all his fans and remembered with great fondness by his friends. I send my condolences and best wishes to his wife, Elizabeth and family. Peace and love Denny. It was a pleasure to know you. We are all going to miss you.”
Other Rock Icons React to the Death of Denny Laine
Besides McCartney, many other rock musicians shared their condolences on social media. Axl Rose wrote:
“Very sorry to hear of the passing of Denny Laine.
“Wings has always (on the daily) been a big part of my life.”
Gun N’ Roses covered the Wings song “Live and Let Die” on their album Use Your Illusion I and still regularly perform it in their concerts.
While The Monkees’ Micky Dolenz remembered Laine as “A friend, a wonderful person, and a great musician. You and your music will be sorely missed.”
Meanwhile, singer-songwriter Stephen Bishop recalled Laine’s “incredible talent.” He wrote:
“Denny’s musical style and songwriting influenced so many.
“His contributions to the Moody Blues and Paul McCartney’s band Wings will forever be iconic.”