British musician Denny Laine, frontman of The Moody Blues and guitarist for Paul McCartney in the group Wings, has died at the age of 79 after a "long battle with lung disease," his wife Elizabeth Hines said on social media.
The English singer, songwriter and co-founder of The Moody Blues and Wings had faced some health problems following being infected with covid-19 in 2022.
"I stood by his side, holding his hand as he sang his favorite Christmas songs," Hines said in a statement.
Throughout his music career, Laine wrote the hit "Go Now" for the Moody Blues and co-wrote the hit "Mull of Kintyre" for Wings.
What Paul said
After learning of his death, Paul McCartney praised the musician on his Instagram account.
Paul McCartney's post upon learning of Denny Laine's death.
He said: "I am very saddened to hear that my former bandmate, Denny Laine, has passed away.
I have a lot of fond memories of my time with Denny: from the early days when The Beatles were touring with Moody Blues. Our two bands respected each other a lot and had a lot of fun together. Denny joined Wings early on. He was an outstanding vocalist and guitarist. Her most famous rendition is probably Go Now, an old Bessie Banks song that she sang brilliantly.
"He and I wrote a few songs together, the most successful being Mull of Kintyre, which was a huge hit in the '70s. We had drifted apart, but over the past few years we managed to re-establish our friendship and share memories of our times together.
"Denny was a great talent with a fine sense of humor and was always willing to help other people. He will be missed by all his fans and remembered by his friends with great fondness. I send my deepest condolences and best wishes to his wife Isabel and his family.
Peace and love Denny. It was a pleasure to meet you. We're all going to miss you."