Denny Laine

Denny LaineFrom: Birmingham, West Midlands, England

Denny Laine, born Brian Frederick Hines, is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He was an original member of the Moody Blues and was a member of Wings with Paul McCartney from 1971 to 1981.

Born in Birmingham, Laine attended Yardley Grammar School. As a boy, Laine took up guitar under the influence of gypsy jazz legend Django Reinhardt. His first performance as a musician was at the age of 12, beginning his career as a professional musician fronting Denny Laine & The Diplomats, which included future Move and Electric Light Orchestra drummer Bev Bevan.

In 1964, Laine left the Diplomats and joined Mike Pinder in The Moody Blues, where he sang the band’s first big hit, “Go Now.” With Laine in the lineup, The Moody Blues released a self-titled EP and The Magnificent Moodies LP. In October 1966, Laine quit the band. Justin Hayward was brought in as his replacement in January 1967.

Laine quickly formed a new band after leaving The Moody Blues. In December 1966, he formed the Electric String Band, which featured himself on guitar and vocals, Trevor Burton on guitar, and Vic Prince on drums and electrified strings. The Electric String Band released two singles, both on the Deram label. They also shared a bill with the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Procol Harum at the Saville Theatre in London. The band failed to garner any attention, resulting in them breaking up. Laine and Burton then went on to the band Balls in February 1969 until their breakup in 1971. Both also took time to play in Ginger Baker’s Air Force in 1970.

Denny Laine joined Paul McCartney in 1971 to form Wings, and stayed with the group for 10 years until it disbanded in 1981. Laine played lead and rhythm guitars, lead and backing vocals, keyboards, bass, and woodwinds, as well as writing or co-writing some of the band’s material. Laine, McCartney, and McCartney’s wife, Linda, formed the nucleus of the band. Laine enjoyed the biggest commercial and critical success of his career during his time with Wings.

McCartney was arrested in Japan in 1980 for possession of marijuana, and the band’s tour was cancelled. Laine formed the short-lived Denny Laine Band with Steve Holley and released a solo album Japanese Tears in December of that year. In April 1981, Laine announced he was leaving Wings due to McCartney’s reluctance to tour in the wake of John Lennon’s murder.

Laine continued to record as a solo artist. He also had three fanzine publications. He moved to the United States in the 1990s, where he continues to tour, originally with the World Classic Rockers and later with the Cryers. He was briefly married to Jo Jo Laine, with whom he had two kids. He has three other children from other relationships.

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