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Denny Laine

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Denny Laine (born Brian Frederick Arthur Hines, 29 October 1944, Tyseley, Birmingham) is an English songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, best known for his roles as former guitarist and lead singer of The Moody Blues and, later, co-founder (along with Paul McCartney) of Wings.

Laine is of Romani descent and was educated at Yardley Grammar School, in Birmingham. His first solo performance was at the age of twelve. Having taken up the guitar as a boy, under the influence of jazz legend Django Reinhardt, Laine began his career as a professional musician fronting Denny And The Diplomats, the members of which included future The Move and Electric Light Orchestra drummer Bev Bevan.

In 1964, Laine abandoned Denny And The Diplomats to join The Moody Blues, singing their first big hit, “Go Now. His tenure with the band was short-lived, however, and after a number of comparative failures, Laine quit the band in late 1966. (The last record issued by The Moody Blues that featured Laine was Life’s Not Life / He Can Win in 1967.)

After leaving The Moody Blues, he formed Denny Laine’s Electric String Band, which featured Denny (guitar, vocals), Trevor Burton (guitar, another former member of The Move) and Viv Prince (drums), also featuring electrified strings in a format not dissimilar to what Electric Light Orchestra would later attempt.

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  • juleshughes

    Denny Laine, cujo nome real é Brian Hines, nasceu no dia 29 de Outubro de 1994. 94? TEM ALGO ERRADO AÍ KKK

    29 Jul 2011 Reply
  • TheFatChocobo

    Oh wait, I just discovered that he did!! Awesome news. Now to somehow find these albums...

    6 Jul 2011 Reply
  • TheFatChocobo

    Very talented musician; at his best working alongside Paul, no doubt, with a voice and songwriting sensibility that added so much to the wonderful Wings sound. Still a damn shame that he didn't develop much of a solo career after the breakup.

    6 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Chipstick55

    Just reviewed Japanese Tears (and all its aliases) over at www.ObscureAlbums.com - check it out and let me know what you think!

    25 Feb 2011 Reply
  • tnil

    I love him in Wings, and the Moody Blues. Can't say much more, I've already said enough :)

    27 Jan 2011 Reply
  • karolina500

    love Denny !

    22 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Liuyanggod

    A good voice! I like him!

    12 Aug 2008 Reply
  • poppicker6

    lets see you folks shout on here for denny .

    28 Mar 2008 Reply
  • poppicker6

    a great guy - dont go now

    28 Mar 2008 Reply

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