Henry McCullough, Guitarist For Wings, Spooky Tooth, Grease Band, Passes At 72
June 16, 2016 at 11:05 AM (PT)
HENRY CAMPBELL LIKEN McCULLOUGH, the NORTHERN IRISH guitarist/vocalist and songwriter, who played guitar in PAUL McCARTNEY’s WINGS, SPOOKY TOOTH, THE GREASE BAND and others, has died at the age of 72 on TUESDAY after a long illness, never fully recovering from a severe heart attack suffered four years ago.
McCULLOUGH played with JOE COCKER at WOODSTOCK as part of THE GREASE BAND, and worked with both MARIANNE FAITHFULL and DONOVAN, while appearing on the original cast recording of "Jesus Christ Superstar."
McCULLOUGH was recruited to join the second version of WINGS in 1971, highlighted by a memorable guitar solo on "My Love" from the album "Red Rose Speedway," which he reportedly improvised it in a single take.
“With music, sometimes you come across something and it’s a gift from GOD and it’s channeled through you,” he said in a 2011 interview with the website Pennyblackmusic. “I swear, I never heard those notes before that way.”
McCULLOUGH, who also played on the single of "Live and Let Die," left WINGS in 1973 after clashing with McCARTNEY, but they later reconciled. PAUL wrote a tribute to his ex-band mate on his website, ""He was a pleasure to work with, a super-talented musician with a lovely sense of humor. The solo he played on 'My Love' was a classic that he made up on the spot in front of the orchestra. Our deepest sympathies from my family to his."
McCULLOUGH also worked with GEORGE HARRISON’s DARK HORSE label, which produced his solo album "Mind Your Own Business," in 1975.
McCULLOUGH was one of the people whose voices are heard answering questions at the end of PINK FLOYD's song "Money " commenting, “I don’t know, I was really drunk at the time.”
McCULLOUGH grew up on the north coast of NORTHERN IRELAND, with one of his earliest musical memories the power of the singing at his mother’s church.
His reaction to the church was summed up in "Failed Christian," where he sang: “I’m going to meet my maker/A firm believer/Of spirit in music/There’s a prayer in a song.”