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This Day In Music History Dec 4-17

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The week in music history brought to you by MusicGoldmine.com.

Just a couple of highlights from this week in music history!

Denny Laine

DEC 5: Sadly, Denny Laine passed away today at age 79. The English musician, singer, and songwriter is best known for his involvement in two iconic bands: The Moody Blues and Wings. Laine was a founding member of The Moody Blues, a pioneering rock band. He played guitar and sang with the band during its early years, contributing to their rhythm and blues sound. 

Perhaps Laine's most significant contribution to music was as a member of Wings, Paul McCartney's post-Beatles band. Laine played guitar, bass, and sang alongside McCartney, forming the core of the band. During his time with Wings, they achieved considerable success with albums like "Band on the Run" and songs like "Live and Let Die." Laine co-wrote some of Wings' songs with McCartney, including "Mull of Kintyre," which became one of the best-selling singles in the UK.

In 2018, Laine was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Moody Blues.

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Paul Rodgers

DEC 17: Happy birthday to Paul Rodgers, born today in 1949! The English rock singer, songwriter, and musician is best known for his powerful and soulful vocals. Rodgers gained prominence as the lead vocalist for several successful rock bands.

One of his most notable contributions was as the lead singer of Free, a British rock band formed in 1968. Free achieved international fame with songs like "All Right Now," which became a classic rock anthem. After Free disbanded in 1973, Rodgers went on to form the band Bad Company with guitarist Mick Ralphs, drummer Simon Kirke, and bassist Boz Burrell. Bad Company also enjoyed considerable success, with hits like "Can't Get Enough" and "Feel Like Makin' Love."
Paul Rodgers has had a prolific career, and in addition to Free and Bad Company, he has been involved in various musical projects. He briefly fronted Queen in the early 2000s, collaborating with the surviving members Brian May and Roger Taylor. Rodgers has also released solo albums and continued to tour and perform live.
His distinctive voice and dynamic stage presence have earned Paul Rodgers a reputation as one of the greatest rock vocalists. He has influenced many artists in the rock genre and has left a lasting impact on the history of rock music.

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  • Thanks for the RIP for Denny Laine of Wings. I remember him well.

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