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     Laine, Denny (29th October 1944-Present)

    He is a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter born Brian Frederick Arthur Hines from Birmingham, England.  He began to learn to play the guitar as a child and when he was twelve he gave his first solo performance.  While still a teenager was in the band Johnny Dean and the Dominators, using Johnny Dean as his pseudonym.   In 1962 he became the frontman of Denny Laine and the Diplomats whose members included Bev Bevan who would later become known for his involvement with The Move and Electric Light Orchestra.  When he was 20 he joined up with The Moody Blues and sang on their first hit "Go Now".  He stayed with them until 1966 when he formed Denny Laine's Electric String Band, which is said to have been one of the influences for Roy Wood and the Electric Light Orchestra.  Although they released two singles and appeared with Procul Harum and The Jimi Hendrix Experience they received little public attention and so they disbanded and he moved onto the band Balls in 1969 as well as playing for Ginger Baker's Air Force.  In 1971 he was a co-founder of the band Wings with Paul and Linda McCartney and he would stay with them until their break up in 1981.  His talents were used extensively with Wings and he would sing backing vocals and occasional lead vocals as well as provide lead, rhythm and bass guitars and keyboards.   As a composer his songs include the hit "Say You Don't Mind" which was recorded by Colin Blunstone in 1972 and he has co-written an ecological musical. He moved to Los Angeles to become part of an "all star" band before returning to solo recording.  He has released 12 solo albums since 1973, established a record label and two blues clubs and is working on his autobiography.

     

    Paul McCartney & Wings recordings

    Coming Up (Live at Glasgow)(Paul McCartney)

    Lunchbox/Odd Sox (Paul McCartney)

     

    Sources:

    1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denny_Laine
    2. http://www.myspace.com/dennylaine
    3. http://www.brumbeat.net/moody.htm
    4. http://www.brumbeat.net/diplomat.htm

     

    Here is with the Moody Blues singing "Go Now"....

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



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