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Funeral of Portstewart guitar legend Henry McCullough takes place

Published 18/06/2016

The funeral of guitar legend Henry McCullough takes place. Pic Freddie Parkinson
The funeral of guitar legend Henry McCullough takes place. Pic Freddie Parkinson
The funeral of guitar legend Henry McCullough takes place. Pic Freddie Parkinson
The funeral of guitar legend Henry McCullough takes place. Pic Freddie Parkinson
The funeral of guitar legend Henry McCullough takes place. Pic Freddie Parkinson
The funeral of guitar legend Henry McCullough takes place. Pic Freddie Parkinson
The funeral of guitar legend Henry McCullough takes place. Pic Freddie Parkinson
The funeral of guitar legend Henry McCullough takes place. Pic Freddie Parkinson
The funeral of guitar legend Henry McCullough takes place. Pic Freddie Parkinson

The funeral of Portstewart guitar legend Henry McCullough has taken place.

The blues guitarist most famously played with Paul McCartney in Wings on famous tracks such as the James Bond theme Live and Let Die and the number one hit My Love.

His playing career also saw him perform at Woodstock with singer Joe Cocker and the Grease Band as well as playing with Marianne Faithful and Donovan.

He died peacefully on Tuesday in his Ballymoney home at the age of 72.

His agent Nigel Martyn confirmed he never fully recovered a from a serious heart attack four years ago.

His funeral service took place in Wade's Funeral Home, Coleraine, followed by cremation at Roselawn Crematorium.

Born on July 21, 1943, McCullough was raised in Portstewart, Co Londonderry.

He recalled his earliest musical memory was the powerful singing of his mother's choir at church.

"The choir would be singing all these harmonies and it would scare me half to death," he said.

On Tuesday, former Beatle Paul McCartney called McCullough's solo on My Love a "classic that he made up on the spot" in front of a live orchestra.

"He was a pleasure to work with," he said.

"A super talented musician with a lovely sense of humour."

Showing the iconic circles he moved in, his voice can be heard at the end of the Pink Floyd track Money with the line: "I don't know, I was really drunk at the time".

An obituary notice read that he was the "dearly beloved husband of Josie, father of much loved son Jesse and dear brother of Rae, Patsy, Eileen, Victor, Samuel, David and Maureen".

In recent years he kept playing, releasing the well received albums Belfast to Boston and Poor Man's Moon.

 

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