Henry McCullough dead!
Henry McCullough performing with Paul McCartney and Wings in Arles, France, in 1972. Credit Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns Henry McCullough, a guitarist who played with Joe Cocker, Marianne Faithfull and Donovan, but who was best known for his work with Paul McCartney’s band Wings, died on Tuesday. He was 72.
His death was confirmed by his agent Nigel Martyn, who said Mr. McCullough had never fully recovered from a heart attack four years ago. He did not say where Mr. McCullough died.
Mr. McCullough was recruited to join Wings, the band Mr. McCartney formed after the breakup of the Beatles, in 1971. He toured with the band and played on its second album, “Red Rose Speedway,” released in 1973.
One highlight of that album was Mr. McCullough’s solo on the song “My Love,” which he improvised in a single take.
“My Love” was the first No. 1 single for Wings.
Mr. McCullough also played on the James Bond movie theme “Live and Let Die,” a No. 2 hit for Wings. But he and the drummer Denny Seiwell left the band in July 1973 after clashing with Mr. McCartney.
On Tuesday, Mr. McCartney called Mr. McCullough’s “My Love” solo a “classic that he made up on the spot.”
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Mr. McCullough was born on July 21, 1943, in Portstewart, on the north coast of Northern Ireland.
Before joining Wings, he was a member of the Grease Band, which performed and recorded with Mr. Cocker, most notably at the Woodstock festival, and he played lead guitar on the original recording of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Besides his work with Ms. Faithfull, Donovan and others, he recorded a solo album, “Mind Your Own Business,” in 1975 for Dark Horse, the label founded by another ex-Beatle, George Harrison.
Mr. McCartney called Mr. McCullough’s “My Love” solo a “classic that he made up on the spot.”