Saturday, May 18, 2024

RIP Denny Laine, 79, Original Member of Wings and the Moody Blues, Sang the Hit “Go Now,” Co-Wrote “Mull of Kintyre”


I am sorry to echo other reports about the passing of Denny Laine.

A great singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Denny was 79. Two months ago, his wife posted a GoFundMe page for Denny, who was very ill. I believe there was a fundraising concert for him recently in LA.

Here is the link to my column from September. I did hear that Paul McCartney stepped up right way when he heard Denny was sick. Condolences to everyone. It’s ironic that yesterday was the 50th anniversary of the Wings album “Band on the Run.” Denny was a huge part of that record and all the Wings hits with Paul and Linda. Laine co-wrote “Mull of Kintyre,” oddly enough McCartney’s biggest solo hit internationally. Also, Denny sang the Moody Blues hit, “Go Now,” is one of their only straight ahead records with no pomposity. It was featured on “Wings Over America.” God bless.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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