Popular English Musician, Singer, And Songwriter Dies At 79


The music world is mourning the loss of Denny Laine, the legendary lead singer of the Moody Blues and a gifted guitarist with Paul McCartney’s iconic band Wings. Laine, born by the name Brian Hines, passed away at the age of 79 after a prolonged battle with lung disease, as confirmed by his wife Elizabeth Hines.

In a heartfelt statement, Elizabeth shared that she was by his side, holding his hand and playing his favorite Christmas songs during his final moments. The renowned musician, known for his soulful voice and instrumental contributions, left an unforgettable mark on the music industry.

Denny Laine’s musical journey began in Birmingham, where he grew up inspired by the legendary jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. In the 1960s, he formed Denny and the Diplomats, featuring future Wizzard singer Roy Wood. Following the dissolution of the band, Laine co-founded The Moody Blues, achieving early success with the multi-million selling “Go Now” and a string of R&B-influenced singles.

Despite initial success, Laine departed from The Moody Blues before their transformation into a progressive rock outfit. Undeterred, he formed the Denny Laine String Band and later collaborated with Cream drummer Ginger Baker in the hard rock outfit Air Force.

In 1971, a new chapter unfolded for Laine when Paul McCartney announced the formation of Wings, his post-Beatles venture. Laine played a pivotal role, providing guitar, bass, and vocals, contributing significantly to hits like “Jet,” “Band on the Run,” and “Live and Let Die.”

Laine’s wife revealed that he had anticipated a recovery from lung disease, but the condition deteriorated over time. Despite the challenges, Laine exhibited unwavering strength and bravery throughout his battle.

“He fought every day. He was so strong and brave, never complained,” Elizabeth expressed in her statement. “All he wanted was to be home with me and his pet kitty, Charley, playing his gypsy guitar.”

Acknowledging the outpouring of support from fans, Elizabeth requested “the time and privacy” for the family to grieve and come to terms with their loss. She also set up a gofundme page, which, at the time this article was written, has already surpassed over half its goal of $100,000.