Denny Laine died, how did the English musician die? Cause of Death explained

Denny Laine died. (Source: Facebook/Denny Laine)
Denny Laine died. (Source: Facebook/Denny Laine)

 

Denny Laine, originally known as Brian Frederick Hines, a highly acclaimed English musician, vocalist, and prolific songwriter, has passed away. His illustrious career spanned decades, leaving an indelible impact on the music industry. Renowned for his versatile contributions, from his early days with The Moody Blues to co-founding the iconic band Wings with Paul McCartney, Laine’s artistry resonated with fans globally.

With his distinctive voice and musical prowess, he became a stalwart figure, and his passing marks the end of an era in the world of music. Keep reading to know more about Denny Laine and his cause of death in detail.

Denny Laine passed away

Denny Laine, the revered English musician, peacefully passed away in the early hours of November 5th, surrounded by loved ones, with his devoted wife, Elizabeth Hines, at his bedside. In a poignant and intimate moment, Elizabeth held his hand while playing his favorite Christmas songs, creating a comforting and serene atmosphere during his final moments.

Elizabeth Hines, in conveying this saddening announcement, offered a glimpse into the arduous journey Denny navigated in the period preceding his passing.

Denny Laine cause of death

Elizabeth Hines disclosed that Denny Laine battled Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD), a condition characterized by unpredictability and aggressiveness. Each infection took a toll on his lungs, weakening and damaging them. Despite his relentless fight, Laine faced the challenges of ILD until his passing, highlighting the severity and complexity of his health struggle.

Denny Laine confronted significant health challenges, initially triggered by a bout with COVID-19 in March 2022. Despite an initial recovery within five days, subsequent complications arose, including a collapsed lung necessitating surgery for the insertion of a chest tube. Further, he grappled with a bacterial infection in his bloodstream. Although there was some improvement in his condition, the cumulative effect of these health issues resulted in escalating medical bills. Compounded by the absence of health insurance, a GoFundMe campaign was initiated to alleviate the financial burden associated with his medical expenses. His passing marks a significant loss to the music community, and thoughts go out to Elizabeth Hines and their loved ones during this difficult time.

Who was Denny Laine?

Denny Laine, a prominent English musician, singer, and songwriter, played pivotal roles in the formation of two influential rock bands: The Moody Blues, where he was active from 1964 to 1966, and Wings, where he contributed from 1971 to 1981. Over a career spanning six decades, Laine collaborated with diverse artists and groups, maintaining an active role as a solo artist.

Born in Tyseley, Birmingham, England, he developed a passion for the guitar during his formative years, inspired by the music of Django Reinhardt. Laine’s musical journey commenced at the age of 12, leading Denny Laine and the Diplomats, a group that included Bev Bevan, the future drummer for the Move and Electric Light Orchestra. Opting for the name change, Denny Laine adopted his sister’s idol, singer Frankie Laine, and the moniker “Denny” originated from the colloquial usage of the term during his youth.

Band ‘The Moody Blues’

In 1964, Denny Laine departed from The Diplomats, and shortly thereafter, he received an invitation from Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder to establish a new musical group initially named the M&B 5, later transformed into the Moody Blues. Collaborating with Pinder, Laine contributed significantly to the band’s B-sides between 1965 and 1966, including tracks like “You Don’t (All the Time),” “And My Baby’s Gone,” and “This Is My House.”

Despite his substantial creative input, Laine’s stint with the Moody Blues proved to be short-lived, marked by comparative chart setbacks leading to his departure in October 1966. Justin Hayward succeeded him in the band. The last Moody Blues record featuring Laine was “Life’s Not Life” b/w “He Can Win,” released in January 1967. A compilation album showcasing the early Moody Blues era led by Denny Laine, titled “An Introduction to The Moody Blues,” was released in 2006.

Band ‘Wings’

In 1971, Denny Laine collaborated with Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney to establish the band Wings, a musical alliance that endured for a decade until their disbandment in 1981. Throughout this period, Laine took on a multifaceted role within the group, contributing as a lead and rhythm guitarist, lead and backing vocalist, keyboardist, bass guitarist, and woodwind player.

Additionally, he played a pivotal role in composing or co-composing various pieces for the band. The core trio of Laine and the McCartneys was particularly notable during the creation of the highly acclaimed Wings album “Band on the Run” and the majority of material featured in “London Town.”

Laine not only frequently contributed to the songwriting process but also showcased his talents as a lead vocalist. His influence extended to solo releases, including the albums “Ahh…Laine” (1973) and “Holly Days” (1976), the latter recorded in collaboration with the core trio of Wings. Throughout Wings’ live performances, Laine often featured his hit with the Moody Blues, “Go Now,” and presented his original composition “Time to Hide.”

Solo Career

Following his departure from Wings, Denny Laine signed with Scratch Records and unveiled a fresh album, “Anyone Can Fly,” in 1982. He actively collaborated with Paul McCartney on notable albums like “Tug of War” and “Pipes of Peace,” co-writing the song “Rainclouds,” released as the B-side of the chart-topping single “Ebony and Ivory.” Throughout the 1980s, Laine continued to release solo albums, including “Hometown Girls,” “Wings on My Feet,” “Lonely Road,” and “Master Suite.”

In 1996, he released “Reborn” and an album reinterpreting Wings songs titled “Wings at the Sound of Denny Laine.” From 1997 to 2002, he toured with the rock supergroup World Classic Rockers before forming The Denny Laine Band. His most recent solo album, “The Blue Musician,” was released in 2008, and he also penned a musical titled “Arctic Song.” In 2018, Laine performed with the 9-piece band Turkuaz, showcasing the music of Wings. Featured in three fanzines, including “Ahh Laine,” he announced tour dates in the US, including New York and Nashville, in January 2023, revealing plans for new material and an upcoming album.

Tributes

Esoteric Recordings wrote: “We’re sad to hear that Denny Laine has passed away. A founding member of both the Moody Blues and Wings, he was a fantastic musician and a hugely important member of both groups. RIP. “

Artist Ginger Baker wrote: “We are devastated to learn of the passing of Ginger’s great friend Denny Laine… the voice of The Moody Blues iconic ‘Go Now’.. the voice of Ginger Baker’s Airforce’s debut album in 1970.. a driving force in Paul McCartney’s Wings & so much more.. a visitor to our house & parties & partner in crime to Ginger’s Airforce antics .. featuring often in the autobiography Hellraiser. Our very deep & heartfelt condolences to his wife Liz & all his family & friends .. Rest well & God bless.Nettie & family 🌹

Band Kofi Baker wrote: “Very sad to hear of the passing of dad Ginger’s close friend Denny Laine. Seen here together in Airforce, 1970. Condolences to his wife Liz, friends & family.. 🌹

The passing of Denny Laine marks the end of an era, leaving behind a legacy of timeless music and memories that will continue to resonate with generations to come. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family, friends, and admirers during this difficult time.

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