Denny Laine

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Denny Laine
Denny Laine - Wings - 1976.jpg
Denny Laine on stage with Wings in 1976
Background information
Birth nameBrian Frederick Arthur Hines
Also known asDenny Laine
Born(1944-10-29) 29 October 1944 (age 69)
OriginBirmingham, West Midlands, England
GenresRock and roll, blues-rock, R&B, jazz fusion
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, flute, harmonica, violin
Years active1957–present
LabelsDecca, Wizard, Reprise, EMI, Arista, Takoma, Scratch, President, Griffin, Global
Associated actsPaul McCartney, Wings, the Moody Blues, Mike Pinder, Ginger Baker's Air Force, Eddie Hardin, Maggie Bell, Colin Blunstone, World Classic Rockers, Linda McCartney
Websitewww.dennylaine.com
 
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Denny Laine
Denny Laine - Wings - 1976.jpg
Denny Laine on stage with Wings in 1976
Background information
Birth nameBrian Frederick Arthur Hines
Also known asDenny Laine
Born(1944-10-29) 29 October 1944 (age 69)
OriginBirmingham, West Midlands, England
GenresRock and roll, blues-rock, R&B, jazz fusion
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, flute, harmonica, violin
Years active1957–present
LabelsDecca, Wizard, Reprise, EMI, Arista, Takoma, Scratch, President, Griffin, Global
Associated actsPaul McCartney, Wings, the Moody Blues, Mike Pinder, Ginger Baker's Air Force, Eddie Hardin, Maggie Bell, Colin Blunstone, World Classic Rockers, Linda McCartney
Websitewww.dennylaine.com

Denny Laine (born Brian Frederick Arthur Hines, 29 October 1944, in Birmingham, England), is an English musician, singer, songwriter and guitarist. He was an original member of the Moody Blues, singing the band's first hit "Go Now" in 1964, and was a member of Wings with Paul McCartney from 1971 to 1981.

Biography[edit]

Early years[edit]

Laine was educated at Yardley Grammar School in Birmingham, and took up the guitar as a boy under the influence of gypsy jazz (jazz manouche) legend Django Reinhardt; he had his first solo performance as a musician at the age of 12 and began his career as a professional musician fronting Denny Laine & the Diplomats, which also included future Move and Electric Light Orchestra drummer Bev Bevan.

Experience in famous bands[edit]

In 1964, Laine left the Diplomats to join Mike Pinder in the Moody Blues and sang the group's first big hit, "Go Now"; other early highlights included I Don't Want To Go on Without You,,, another UK hit, plus two minor UK chart hits "From The Bottom of My Heart ( I Love You)", Everyday (both written by Laine and Pinder), "Can't Nobody Love You" and the harmonica-ripping "Bye Bye Bird" (a big hit in France). A self-titled EP and 'The Magnificent Moodies' LP on Decca followed. Laine and Pinder wrote most of The Moody Blues 'B' sides during the 1965-66 period, such as You Don't (All the Time), And My Baby's Gone and This Is My House. However, Laine's tenure with the MB's was relatively short-lived and, after a number of comparative chart failures,[citation needed] Laine quit the band in October 1966. The last record issued by the Moody Blues that featured Laine was "Life's Not Life"/"He Can Win" in January 1967, kist after Justin Hayward had replaced him in the band.

After leaving the Moody Blues, he formed the Electric String Band in December 1966, which featured himself on guitar and vocals, Trevor Burton (another former member of the Move) on guitar, Viv Prince on drums and electrified strings in a format not dissimilar to what Electric Light Orchestra would later attempt. The group made two singles, "Say You Don't Mind"/"Ask The People" (April 1967, Deram) and "Too Much in Love"/"Catherine's Wheel" (January 1968, Deram); and, in June 1967, the band shared a bill with the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Procol Harum at the Saville Theatre in London. However, it did not achieve national attention, and the pioneering Electric String Band broke up. (There was apparently a third single recorded called "Why Did You Come?". Why it was never released is unknown, but there have been rumors that the finished track - and probably the B side as well - was mailed to Decca and was lost.)[citation needed] Laine and Burton then went on to the band Balls from February 1969 until the band's breakup in 1971, with both also taking time to play in Ginger Baker's Air Force in 1970.[1]

Only one single was issued by Balls: "Fight for My Country"/"Janie, Slow Down" on UK Wizard Records.[1] The top side was re-edited and reissued on UK Wizard and issued in the UK on Wizard and in the United States on Epic under the name of Trevor Burton; Laine and Burton shared lead vocals on the B side. The single was reissued again as B.L.W. as "Live in the Mountains" for a small Pye-distributed label, "Paladin". Twelve tracks were recorded for a Balls album, but it has never been released.[1] Laine's 1967 song "Say You Don't Mind" was a hit when recorded in 1972 by ex-Zombie, Colin Blunstone.

In 1971, Laine joined Paul McCartney to form Wings, and stayed with the group for 10 years until it disbanded in 1981. Laine provided lead and rhythm guitars, lead and backing vocals, keyboards, bass guitar and woodwinds, as well as writing or co-writing some of the group's material. Together with Paul and his wife, Linda, they formed the nucleus of the band, being called that "strange, three-winged beast". It was with Wings that Laine enjoyed the biggest commercial and critical successes of his career, including co-writing the hit "Mull of Kintyre".

In January 1980, McCartney was arrested for possession of marijuana upon arrival at an airport for a tour in Japan. The tour was canceled and the band members, except Linda, returned to England. After returning to England, McCartney decided to release his solo album "McCartney II" and plans for an autumn U.S. tour were dropped. Meanwhile, Laine released the single "Japanese Tears" and formed the short-lived Denny Laine Band with Steve Holley and released a solo album "Japanese Tears" that December. On April 27, 1981, Laine announced he was leaving Wings due to McCartney's reluctance to tour in the wake of John Lennon's murder.[2]

Denny Laine performing at the Cavern Club in 2008

He signed with Scratch records and began working on a new album, Anyone Can Fly. He then went on to record other solo albums such as Hometown Girls, Wings on Your Feet and Lonely Road before returning to Scratch to do his Wings at the Sound of Denny Laine. He has also had three fanzine publications, Ahh Laine, wrote the musical Artic Song and released two more albums, Master Suite and Reborn.

Denny moved to the United States in the 1990s, where he continues to tour, originally with the classic Rock band and later with the Cryers.

He was briefly married to Jo Jo Laine, with whom he had a son, Laine Hines, and a daughter, Heidi Hines.[3] He has three other children from other relationships: Lucianne Grant, Damian James and Ainsley Laine-Adams.

Discography[edit]

The Moody Blues[edit]

YearAlbum
1965The Magnificent Moodies

Moody Blues singles[edit]

A-sideB-side
"Steal Your Heart Away""Lose Your Money"
"Go Now""It's Easy, Child"
"I Don't Want To Go on Without You""Time on My Side"
"From The Bottom of My Heart""And My Baby's Gone"
"Everyday""You Don't (All The Time)"
"Boulevard De La Madeleine""This Is My House (But Nobody Calls)"
"People Gotta Go" (issued on a French EP only)
"Life's Not Life""He Can Win"

Solo[edit]

YearA-sideB-sideLabel
1967"Say You Don't Mind""Ask The People"Deram DM 122
1968"Too Much in Love""Catherine's Wheel"Deram DM 171
"Why Did You Come?"

Balls reissued as by Trevor Burton[edit]

YearA-sideB-side
1970 (Balls)"Fight for My Country""Janie, Slow Down"
1971 (Trevor Burton)"Fight for My Country" (edited)"Janie, Slow Down"
1972 (B.L.G.)"Live in the Mountains" (same as "Fight for My Country") (edited)"Janie, Slow Down"

Ginger Baker's Airforce[edit]

YearAlbum
1970Ginger Baker's Air Force
Ginger Baker's Air Force 2

Wings[edit]

YearAlbum
1971Wild Life
1973Red Rose Speedway
Band on the Run
1975Venus and Mars
1976Wings at the Speed of Sound
Wings Over America (triple live album)
1978London Town
1979Back to the Egg
1981Concerts for the People of Kampuchea

Solo albums[edit]

YearAlbumLabel
1973Ahh...LaineWizard/Reprise (US)
1976Holly DaysEMI/Capitol (US)
1981Japanese TearsPolydor/Scratch
1982Anyone Can FlyPolydor/Scratch
1985Hometown GirlsPresident
1986Wings on My FeetPresident
1988Lonely RoadPresident
Master SuiteMagnum Force
1990All I Want Is FreedomJAWS
1996RebornGriffin/Scratch
Wings at the Sound of Denny LaineScratch/Purple Pyramid (US)
1998Arctic SongRibble Records
1999A Tribute to Paul McCartney and WingsCleopatra/Purple Pyramid

Guest appearances[edit]

YearAlbum
1974McGear
1980The Reluctant Dog
1981Somewhere in England
1982Tug of War
1983Pipes of Peace
1985Wind in the Willows
  • "The Life We Left Behind"
1996Metal Christmas
  • "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday"
1998Wide Prairie
1999Old Friends in New Places
  • "And The Thunder Rolls..."

Bootlegs[edit]

YearAlbum
1972Memory Laine
1979Rock & Roll Jam Sessions
(aka: Lympne Castle Sessions, aka: Wings: In A Jam)
2 Buddies on Holly Days
(excerpts from Holly Days and live performances during Buddy Holly Week)
Hot Hits & Cold Cuts
1982Birmingham Boy

Compilation albums[edit]

YearAlbum
1978Wings Greatest
1984In Flight (tracks from "Japanese Tears")
1985Weep For Love (tracks from "Japanese Tears")
1994Blue Nights (tracks from 1980 to 1990)
1995Rock Survivor (tracks from 1980 to 1990)
Danger Zone (tracks from "Japanese Tears")
Go Now (tracks from "Japanese Tears")
1998The Masters (tracks from 1980 to 1996)
2001Wingspan: Hits and History
2002Spreading My Wings: The Ultimate Denny Laine Collection (tracks from 1980 to 1990)
2003The Collection (2 compilations, 1 album)
Blue Nights (tracks from 1980 to 1990)
The Masters (tracks from 1980 to 1996)
Reborn
2004An Introduction to The Moody Blues (including previously unreleased "People Gotta Go")
Send Me The Heart (tracks from "Japanese Tears")

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Joynson, Vernon (1995). The Tapestry of Delights. London: Borderline Books.
  2. ^ (AP) "Wings clipped". The Leader-Post 30 April 1981: D2
  3. ^ Johnson, Angella, "'Mum was beautiful, wild... she was the ultimate rock groupie'", Mail on Sunday, 4 November 2006

"Wingspan: Hits and History" by Paul McCartney

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