The Talented Denny Laine

The Talented Denny Laine

Denny Laine

Denny Laine (born Brian Frederick Hines, 29 October 1944) 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.
Denny Laine

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Denny Laine on stage with Wings in 1976
Background information
Birth name
Brian Frederick Hines
Also known as
Denny Laine
Born
29 October 1944 (age 72)
Origin
Birmingham, England
Genres
* Rock and roll blues-rock R&B jazz fusion
Occupations
* Singer-songwriter musician
Instruments
* Guitar keyboards bass harmonica vocals
Years active
1957–present
Labels
* Decca Wizard Reprise EMI Arista Takoma Scratch President Griffin Global
Associated acts
* Paul McCartney Wings the Moody Blues Mike Pinder Ginger Baker’s Air Force Eddie Hardin Maggie Bell Colin Blunstone World Classic Rockers Linda McCartney
Website
www.dennylaine.com
Notable instruments
Gibson EDS-1275
Fender Stratocaster
Gibson Les Paul
Ovation Guitars
Fender Telecaster Bass
Fender Telecaster
Gibson SG

 

Early years

Laine was born in Birmingham, where he attended Yardley Grammar School, and took up the guitar as a boy, inspired by gypsy jazz legend Django Reinhardt. He gave 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.

Career

The Moody Blues

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, and the two minor UK chart hits “From The Bottom of My Heart (I Love You)” and “Everyday” (both written by Laine and Pinder). He also notably sang on “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, Laine quit the band in October 1966. He was replaced by Justin Hayward. The last record issued by the Moody Blues that featured Laine was “Life’s Not Life”/”He Can Win” in January 1967.

Electric String Band and early solo career

After leaving the Moody Blues, Laine formed the Electric String Band in December 1966, which featured himself on guitar and vocals, Trevor Burton (of the Move) on guitar, Viv Prince (ex-Pretty Things) on drums and electrified strings in a format not dissimilar to what Electric Light Orchestra would later attempt. 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 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.)
At the same time, Laine recorded two singles as a solo artist: “Say You Don’t Mind”/”Ask The People” (April 1967, Deram) and “Too Much in Love”/”Catherine’s Wheel” (January 1968, Deram). Both failed to chart, although “Say You Don’t Mind” became a #15 hit in 1972 when recorded by former Zombies frontman Colin Blunstone.

Balls and Ginger Baker’s Air Force

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.
Only one single was issued by Balls: “Fight for My Country”/”Janie, Slow Down” on UK Wizard Records. 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.

Wings

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. Laine, McCartney, and McCartney’s wife, Linda McCartney formed the nucleus of the band. With Wings, Laine enjoyed the biggest commercial and critical successes of his career, including co-writing the hit “Mull of Kintyre”, which reached #1 in the UK in 1977, and became the UK’s highest-selling single until that time. Laine also co-wrote and sang lead vocal on “Deliver Your Children”, which was released as a Wings B-side but charted in the Netherlands.
In January 1980, McCartney was arrested for possession of marijuana on arrival at an airport for a tour in Japan. The tour was cancelled 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 released a solo album, Japanese Tears, that December. He also formed the short-lived Denny Laine Band with Steve Holley. On 27 April 1981, Laine announced he was leaving Wings due to McCartney’s reluctance to tour in the wake of John Lennon’s murder.


Denny Laine performing at the Cavern Club in 2008

Solo career

Laine 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 My 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 Arctic Song and released two more albums, Master Suite and Reborn.
From 1997 to 2002, he toured with the rock supergroup World Classic Rockers. Later he joined and toured with the Cryers.

Personal life

He was briefly married to singer, model and legendary groupie Jo Jo Laine, with whom he had a son, Laine Hines, and a daughter, Heidi Hines.[5] He has three other children from other relationships: Lucianne Grant (with Helen, daughter of Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant), Damian James (with model Catherine James) and Ainsley Laine-Adams.
Laine moved to the United States in the 1990s.

Discography

Solo albums

Year
Album
Label
1973
Ahh…Laine
Wizard/Reprise (US)
1977
Holly Days
EMI/Capitol (US)
1980
Japanese Tears
Polydor/Scratch
1982
Anyone Can Fly
Polydor/Scratch
1985
Hometown Girls
President
1987
Wings on My Feet
President
1988
Lonely Road
President
Master Suite
Magnum Force
1990
All I Want Is Freedom
JAWS
1996
Reborn
Griffin/Scratch
Wings at the Sound of Denny Laine
Scratch/Purple Pyramid (US)
2015
The Blue Musician
Peacock Records

Compilation albums

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

Singles
Year
A-side
B-side
Label
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?”

Guest appearances
Year
Album
Artist
1974
McGear
Mike McGear
1980
The Reluctant Dog
Steve Holley
1981
Somewhere in England
* “All Those Years Ago”
George Harrison
1982
Tug of War
Paul McCartney
1983
Pipes of Peace
1985
Wind in the Willows
* “The Life We Left Behind”
Eddie Hardin and Zak Starkey
1996
Metal Christmas
* “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday”
Various Artists
1998
Wide Prairie
Linda McCartney
1999
Old Friends in New Places
* “And The Thunder Rolls…”

2001
Wingspan: Hits and History
Paul McCartney

Bootlegs
Year
Album
1972
Memory Laine
1979
Rock & 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)
1982
Birmingham Boy
1988
Cold Cuts (Another Early Version)
With The Moody Blues
Edit
Year
Album
1965
The Magnificent Moodies
Moody Blues singles
A-side
B-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”

With Balls reissued as by Trevor Burton
Year
A-side
B-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”

 

With Ginger Baker’s Airforce
Year
Album
1970
Ginger Baker’s Air Force
Ginger Baker’s Air Force 2

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

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