Clipped Wing

RIP original Wings guitarist Henry McCullough, 1943-2016

By Gary Graff
June 16, 2016

Paul McCartney has remembered Henry McCullough as “a pleasure to work with, a super-talented musician with a lovely sense of humor.”

McCullough, who was the first guitarist in McCartney’s post-Beatles band Wings, passed away Tuesday (June 14), at the age of 72 in his native Ireland. He had been seriously disabled since a 2012 heart attack that also caused brain damage.

McCullough was with Wings from from January 1972 to August 1973 and played on McCartney’s Ram and Wings’ Red Rose Speedway, as well as Linda McCartney’s Wide Prairie. McCartney noted that “the solo [McCullough] played on ‘My Love’ was a classic that he made up on the spot in front of a live audience.”

Wings was just part of McCullough’s career, however. Prior to that, he was part of Joe Cocker’s Grease Band, playing on the albums Joe Cocker! and With a Little Help From My Friends and with Cocker at Woodstock. He was briefly a member of Spooky Tooth as well.

McCullough also recorded with former Faces bassist Ronnie Lane, the Animals’ Eric Burdon, Frankie Miller, Roy Harper, Marianne Faithfull and Wings bandmate Denny Laine, and he played on the original recording of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical Evita. He released 10 solo albums of his own, starting with 1975’s Mind Your Own Business and most recently 2012’s Shabby Road.