Moody Blues Founding Member Dies

Moody Blues Founding Member Dies

( – The 1960s and 70s were rife with music and many bands that significantly impacted the music world. Two of those, Wings and the Moody Blues, were among the biggest British rock bands of the era, and they both had one man in common: Denny Laine. Sadly, the singer-songwriter passed away recently after losing a battle with an illness.

On Wednesday, December 6, Laine’s wife, Elizabeth Hines, posted a lovely tribute to the star on Instagram, confirming his death the day prior. She noted that he had been in the hospital recently trying to fight off Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD), a condition that causes lung tissue scarring. Unfortunately, he lost the fight and passed away at the age of 79.

Laine has a storied career that saw him working with many notable musicians, including Paul McCartney, with whom he co-founded Wings. But his first taste of success came with the Moody Blues, which he co-formed with Mike Pinder, Graeme Edge, Clint Warwick, and Ray Thomas. He stayed with them long enough to appear on two albums, where he provided lead vocals on “Go Now!” one of the band’s biggest hits, and the one responsible for ensuring them an opening act on several prominent tours, including for the Beatles and Chuck Berry.

The singer-songwriter left the band in 1966, citing artistic differences, and took some time off to live in Spain, where he fell in love with Spanish guitar music. In 1971, he and McCartney formed Wings and went on to produce seven albums. He eventually left that band, too, when police arrested the former Beatles frontman for possession of marijuana.

In 2018, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducted Laine for his contributions and his place in the Moody Blues. Loving the feeling of performing live, he continued playing music and touring for decades after leaving Wings.

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