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Denny Laine: McCartney’s Wingman is Still Flying (Part Two)

Continued from Part One … I started buying Wings albums when Band on the Run came out. I was 10. And as I followed the band, I began–even as a young kid, I began to get the sense that you were kind of a foil to Paul in that your presence in the group tended

Denny Laine: McCartney’s Wingman is Still Flying (Part One)

Denny Laine was a founding member of the Moody Blues, along with longtime members Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder. He left and went on to a solo career, working briefly with a Birmingham “supergroup” called Balls (also including future ELO keyboardist Richard Tandy, Plastic Ono Band drummer Alan White and Apple protege Jackie Lomax). Later

Spin it On: Denny Laine on Wings’ ‘Back to the Egg’ at 40 (Part Two)

Continued from Part One … I have a bootleg recording which is probably a rough mix of a working version of Back to the Egg, and the version of “Getting Closer” on it has you singing lead. Was that the original plan? I was probably just doing it along with the backing track or something.

Spin it On: Denny Laine on Wings’ ‘Back to the Egg’ at 40 (Part One)

In the very early 1970s, not long after the Beatles had broken up, Paul McCartney decided he wanted to have a band again. With wife Linda, he recruited Denny Laine, a multi-instrumentalist, along with other musicians. It’s sometimes forgotten today, but Laine already had a well-established career long before Wings. He was the original lead

My Conversations with Woodstock Performers

Woodstock took place 50 years ago (August 15-18, 1969). If you find yourself in a Woodstock frame of mind, you might be interested in reading some interviews with artists who were there. Over the last decade-plus, I’ve had the honor and pleasure of talking to a few of them. Here’s a list with links. Richie

Santana Speaks, Part Two

Continued from Part One … Bill Kopp: One of the qualities of your work that has always struck me is the way that you approach each project with what I would call intention. An album like Caravanserai probably didn’t seem like a commercial bid at the time, and it really wasn’t. It was not a

Santana Speaks, Part One

2019 is an important year for Carlos Santana. It’s the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock festival, featuring a breakout performance of his then largely-unknown band, two weeks ahead of the debut Santana LP. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of Supernatural, the end-of-century “comeback album that returned Santana to the top of the charts,

Heart Still Beating Strong: Chick Corea’s ‘Antidote’ (Part Three)

Continued from Part Two … Are you at all intrigued by recent developments in keyboard technology? I’m thinking of things like the Continuum Fingerboard. Or do you prefer to stick with tools that are tried and true? Well, I’m always interested because instrument makers provide you with the instrument. The thing is is that when

Heart Still Beating Strong: Chick Corea’s ‘Antidote’ (Part Two)

Continued from Part One … With regard to the older songs for which you recorded the new versions on Antidote, was there kind of a specific mindset at work in terms of how you approached them differently? Absolutely, absolutely. First of all, one factor was a totally practical one. Because if I had had the

Heart Still Beating Strong: Chick Corea’s ‘Antidote’ (Part One)

Keyboardist Chick Corea is a giant in the jazz world. Composer of several tunes now considered standards, he has also been a key figure in the pioneering field of jazz fusion. His work with his ’70s band Return to Forever stands alongside work by Miles Davis, John McLaughlin and Larry Coryell – many of whom