Tributes to late guitarist Henry McCullough

Tributes have been paid to late Wings guitarist Henry McCullough, who has passed away aged 72.

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Sir Paul McCartney pays tribute to late Wings bandmate McCullough

Sir Paul McCartney has paid a glowing tribute to his late Wings bandmate Henry McCullough.

I was very sad to hear that Henry McCullough, our great Wings guitarist, passed away today. He was a pleasure to work with, a super-talented musician with a lovely sense of humour. The solo he played on 'My Love' was a classic that he made up on the spot in front of a live orchestra. Our deepest sympathies from my family to his.

– Sir Paul McCartney


NI guitarist Henry McCullough dies

NI guitarist Henry McCullough has passed away aged 72. Credit: Presseye

The NI guitarist Henry McCullough has passed away on Tuesday.

The 72-year-old from Portstewart was the only man from Ireland to ever play at Woodstock.

He also played with Sir Paul McCartney as lead guitarist in the band Wings, moving on after work on the album Red Rose Speedway.

He played lead guitar on the James Bond theme Live and Let Die, and also played solo on the band’s number one hit My Love.

Following his work with Wings, McCullough became mainly a session musician, working with major players on the music scene like Pink Floyd.

His health had failed him in recent years after he suffered a heart attack four years ago, with a concert organised in Dublin in 2012 to pay for his ongoing care.

Henry McCullough (second from left) with the original members of Wings, including Sir Paul McCartney. Credit: Presseye

The couple had been living for several years in Ballywindelland, between Coleraine and Ballymoney in Co Antrim, in a home they fondly referred to as "Ballywonderland".

Belfast-based music promoter and agent Nigel Martyn spoke to the guitarist's French wife Josie following his death.

"I have just spoken to Josie who has informed me that Henry passed away at home this morning. Josie said that she has lost her one true love."

– Nigel Martyn

"He had suffered severe brain damage and was left completely incapacitated for the last four years.

"But Josie has been incredible - the way she looked after him was absolutely out of this world."

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