HENRY McCULLOUGH – Grease Band and Wings

Posted: June 14, 2016 in Guitars
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Death Announced Of Henry McCullough

Sad to hear of the passing of guitarist Henry McCullough …many a bottle of wine consumed listening to the 2 Grease Band lps ,both full of dirty guitars ,grooves and sideways country funk ,as if Little Feat grew up in Sheffield, after leaving Joe Cocker the Grease Band knuckled down to a country rock style and proved to be a superb live act on the gigging circuit….here on beatclub they play ‘Let It Be Gone’ with Henry McCullough in fine form

Henry McCullough, a major contributor to the history of Irish rock and an early member of  Paul McCartney’s Wings Band. Henry died this morning (Tuesday) at the age of 72. He had been seriously ill in recent years, and his passing was confirmed by his agent, Nigel Martyn.

Also a former member of  Joe Cocker’s Grease Band, performing at the Woodstock Festival, McCullough toured with other such major figures as Jimi Hendrix, Marianne Faithfull and Pink Floyd. But he will perhaps be best remembered among a mainstream audience for his lyrical guitar solo on Wings‘ ballad hit ‘My Love.’ He also played on their James Bond movie title song ‘Live And Let Die.’

Fellow Northern Irishman Van Morrison said he was “very sorry” to hear the news. “I know he had some difficult times recently, but he will be remembered for his long and productive career in music,” he said. “My thoughts are with his friends and family at this time.”


In the 1960s, McCullough achieved his first notoriety as a guitarist for his work in bands such as the Skyrockets, Gene and the Gents and, in the psychedelic rock era, the People, who became Eire Apparent. After his work with Cocker and the Grease Band, he joined Wings for the 1973 album that included ‘My Love,’ the often-underrated Red Rose Speedway. He left the band shortly before their chart-topping follow-up, Band On The Run.


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