Denny Laine, the iconic lead singer of the Moody Blues and guitarist for Sir Paul McCartney’s band Wings, has passed away at the age of 79 after a prolonged battle with lung disease, according to his wife, Elizabeth Hines. Laine played a significant role in the music world, contributing to hits like the Moody Blues’ “Go Now” and co-writing the Wings classic “Mull of Kintyre.” Known for his exceptional vocals and guitar skills, Laine’s career spanned several decades, leaving an indelible mark on the rock and roll landscape.
Sir Paul McCartney paid tribute to his former bandmate on Instagram, acknowledging Laine’s talent, sense of humor, and willingness to help others. The two musicians had drifted apart but rekindled their friendship in recent years, sharing memories of their time together. Other artists, including Christopher Cross, also expressed their condolences, remembering Laine as an icon and a sweet man.
Born Brian Hines in the Channel Islands, Laine developed a passion for guitar inspired by jazz legend Django Reinhardt. His career began as the frontman of the local band Denny Laine and the Diplomats, but he rose to fame with the Moody Blues, achieving chart success with “Go Now.” Laine later joined Paul McCartney in Wings, contributing to hits like “Jet,” “Band on the Run,” and “Live and Let Die.”
Laine’s versatility allowed him to play multiple roles in Wings, providing vocals, guitar, and bass. Despite his initial status as a frontman, he embraced the freedom Wings offered him. The band disbanded in 1981 after McCartney’s arrest in Japan, but Laine continued to collaborate with McCartney on solo projects.
In addition to his contributions to popular music, Laine pursued a solo career, releasing albums like “Japanese Tear,” “Hometown Girls,” and “The Blue Musician.” His last solo album, “The Blue Musician,” came out in 2008. Laine remained active in the music scene, touring and playing songs associated with his career.
In 2018, Laine was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Moody Blues, an honor he graciously accepted despite initial exclusion. His favorite album, he noted, was “Band on the Run,” highlighting the special chemistry between him and McCartney.
Laine’s death comes ahead of the 50th-anniversary reissue of Wings’ “Band On The Run.” His wife, Elizabeth Hines, expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support from fans and requested privacy for the family during this time of grief.
Denny Laine, the influential musician known for his roles in the Moody Blues and Wings, has left an indelible mark on the music world with his iconic vocals and guitar prowess. His passing at the age of 79 marks the end of a storied career that spanned decades and contributed to some of the most beloved songs in rock history.
From his early days with the Moody Blues, where he played a pivotal role in the success of “Go Now,” to his collaboration with Paul McCartney in Wings, Laine’s musical journey showcased his versatility and immense talent.
His ability to seamlessly transition between genres and instruments solidified his position as a respected industry figure. As fans and fellow musicians mourn the loss of this legendary artist, they reflect on the countless memories and timeless melodies he brought to the stage. Laine’s legacy lives on through his contributions to music, leaving an enduring impact that will resonate with future generations.