Henry McCullough, the Northern Irish musician best known as a member of Wings, passed away on Tuesday morning at the age of 72.
Following a number of jamming sessions with Paul McCartney, McCullough was invited to join Wings. He recorded and toured with them in the 1970s, playing guitar on “Live and Let Die,” and providing the solo on “My Love.” Speaking about that solo in 2010, McCartney said, “I’d sort of written the solo, as I often did write our solos. And [McCullough] walked up to me right before the take and said, ‘Hey, would it be alright if I try something else?’ And I said, ‘Er… yeah.’ It was like, ‘Do I believe in this guy?’ And he played the solo on ‘My Love’, which came right out of the blue. And I just thought, F***ing great. And so there were plenty of moments like that where somebody’s skill or feeling would overtake my wishes.”
McCullough’s other credits include touring as a session musician with acts such as Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd, and performing with Joe Cocker at Woodstock in 1969.
Van Morrison, with whom McCullough also worked with, said he was “very sorry” to hear about his death. “I know he had some difficult times recently, but he will be remembered for his long and productive career in music,” he told BBC News. “My thoughts are with his friends and family at this time.”
Later in his career, McCullough signed to George Harrison’s Dark Horse record label to release his solo album, Mind Your Own Business. His recent solo albums include Belfast to Boston and Poor Man’s Moon.