“I don’t know, I was really drunk at the time,” were Henry McCullough‘s most famous words, as used on “The Dark Side Of The Moon,” because usually he let his guitar do the talking. Sadly, no more: the veteran died on June 14th, aged 72, having not recovered from 2012 heart attack.
Usually associated with WINGS, Paul McCartney always praising Henry’s one-take solo on “My Love,” McCullough’s real love had been blues, which he played with EIRE APPARENT, held in high esteem by Jimi Hendrix, with THE GREASE BAND, backing Joe Cocker at Woodstock, and SPOOKY TOOTH, although versatile performer as he was, Henry’s six-string is prominent on “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Evita” to name but two projects McCullough contributed to. There also was notable stint with Frankie Miller and a lot of session work with the likes of Ronnie Lane whose memorial concert that the guitarist took part in might be seen as a blueprint for his own benefit gig, with a lot of Henry’s friends on stage, while Van Morrison helped McCullough with his medical needs.
What he left is best summarized in the title of one of the artist’s albums: "Unfinished Business". Rest in peace, Henry.