Denny Laine dies at 79

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

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On this day, it was reported that Denny Laine, aged 79, passed away due to a lung disease. Denny co-founded the Moody Blues and played with them from 1964 to 1966. Later, in 1971, he joined Paul McCartney’s new band, Wings. Alongside Paul and Linda McCartney, he remained a constant member of the band until it broke up in 1981. While working with Wings, he wrote or co-wrote several songs, including the 1977 hit single “Mull Of Kintyre“.

Denny’s death occurred during the same week as the 50th anniversary of the release of the albumBand On The Run“, which was recorded by Paul, Linda, and Denny.

My darling husband passed away peacefully early this morning. I was at his bedside, holding his hand as I played his favorite Christmas songs for him. He’s been singing Christmas songs the past few weeks and I continued to play Christmas songs while he’s been in ICU on a ventilator this past week.

He and I both believed he would overcome his health setbacks and return to the rehabilitation center and eventually home. Unfortunately, his lung disease, Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD), is unpredictable and aggressive; each infection weakened and damaged his lungs. He fought everyday. He was so strong and brave, never complained. All he wanted was to be home with me and his pet kitty, Charley, playing his gypsy guitar.

Denny was so very thankful to all of you who sent him so much love, support and the many kind words during these past few months of his health crisis-it brought him to tears.

I thank you all for sending both of us love and support. It was my absolute honor and privilege to not only be his wife, but to care for him during his illness and vulnerability.

Thank you to Dennys surgeons, doctors, specialists, physical therapists and nurses at Naples Hospital for working so hard to help him. Thank you for your compassion and support for me during these past several emotional months.

My world will never be the same. Denny was an amazingly wonderful person, so loving and sweet to me. He made my days colorful, fun and full of life-just like him. Thank you sweetie for loving me, for all the laughter, friendship, fun and for asking me to be your wife. I will love you forever ❤️

Please give Denny’s friends and family the time and privacy needed as we grieve our loss. 💔

Much love,
Elizabeth Hines

From Elizabeth Hines on Facebook on December 5, 2023

I am very saddened to hear that my ex-bandmate, Denny Laine, has died.

I have many fond memories of my time with Denny: from the early days when The Beatles toured with the Moody Blues. Our two bands had a lot of respect for each other and a lot of fun together. Denny joined Wings at the outset. He was an outstanding vocalist and guitar player. His most famous performance is probably ‘Go Now’ an old Bessie Banks song which he would sing brilliantly. He and I wrote some songs together the most successful being ‘Mull of Kintyre’ which was a big hit in the Seventies. We had drifted apart but in recent years managed to reestablish our friendship and share memories of our times together.

Denny was a great talent with a fine sense of humour and was always ready to help other people. He will be missed by all his fans and remembered with great fondness by his friends. I send my condolences and best wishes to his wife, Elizabeth and family.

Peace and love Denny. It was a pleasure to know you. We are all going to miss you.



From Paul, December 5, 2023

Thank you Paul McCartney. Denny loved you, Linda and your whole family. He shared so many fond, happy memories with me. He looked up to you as a big brother. He learned so much working with you. 

Much love,

Elizabeth Hines – From Paul McCartney on Facebook, December 5, 2023

From Paul McCartney | News | Paul on Denny Laine – Photo by Henry Diltz
From Paul McCartney | News | Paul on Denny Laine – Photo by Linda McCartney

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