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Saturday 19 April 2014

Wings guitarist McCullough critical

Henry McCullough is in a critical condition in the Causeway Hospital in Coleraine after suffering a heart attack

Former Wings guitarist Henry McCullough remains in a critical condition in hospital.

The 69-year-old, from Portstewart, Northern Ireland, was taken ill on Monday night after suffering a heart attack.

McCullough, who played with Joe Cocker at the famous Woodstock festival in 1969, is being treated at the Causeway Hospital in Coleraine.

The rock guitarist, who jammed with greats such as Jimi Hendrix, joined Wings in 1971 at Sir Paul McCartney's request and played with the band for almost two years.

He played lead guitar on Wings' James Bond theme Live And Let Die, but is perhaps best known for his solo on the band's number one hit My Love.

Ironically, one of McCullough's more memorable contributions to music has been via the spoken word.

When playing with Wings at Abbey Road studios in London, members of Pink Floyd popped in from their own recording session next door and asked for a few soundbites for their album Dark Side Of The Moon.

McCullough's line: "I don't know, I was really drunk at the time," found its way into the closing bars of the famous track Money.

Since his time in Wings he has pursued a successful solo career.

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