Denny Laine, Paul McCartney & Wings, Moody Blues guitarist, dies at 79

Denny Laine performs onstage at Bogie's in Westlake Village, California on February 1, 2018
(Image credit: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)

Denny Laine – the celebrated guitarist who co-founded Moody Blues, and played alongside Paul McCartney in his post-Beatles band, Wings – has died at the age of 79. 

His wife, Elizabeth Hines, announced the news on Instagram, writing that the guitarist had been suffering from Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD). 

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.