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Funeral to take place of guitar legend McCullough

By Allan Preston

Published 16/06/2016

Stellar career: Henry McCullough
Stellar career: Henry McCullough

The funeral of Portstewart guitar legend Henry McCullough will take place this Saturday in Coleraine.

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.

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.

His funeral service takes place in Wade's Funeral Home, Coleraine on Saturday at 10.00am followed by cremation at Roselawn Crematorium, Belfast at 1pm.

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