Wings' Jimmy McCulloch Birthday Tribute with Mike Sauter
June 4, 2013 would have been Jimmy McCulloch’s 60th birthday. The Scottish musician and songwriter was best known for playing lead guitar in Paul McCartney's Wings from 1974 to 1977. He died of a heroin overdose in 1979 at the age of 26, but leaves a lasting legacy on the music of Wings and Paul McCartney’s solo career. In fact, one of McCulloch’s biggest contributions to Wings, Wings Over America, was just recently re-issued in deluxe format. Midday Mix host and The guy we talk to about anything Paul McCartney-related, Mike Sauter is in this morning to talk about the brief, but important career of Jimmy McCulloch.
McCulloch made his first splash onto the music scene at the young age of 15 with the band Thunderclap Newman. McCulloch was one of the youngest people to perform on a number one hit single in England. McCulloch went through a couple other bands before being asked to join Wings by Paul McCartney. The Wings album Band on the Run was recorded before McCulloch joined the band by only Paul and Linda McCartney and Denny Laine. It was not until Wings released their famous live album Wings over America, that McCulloch's guitar play and skills were put on display. McCulloch's "fiery" guitar playing and soloing allowed Wings to take the next step towards becoming a great rock band, as well as helping Paul McCartney shed his image as the "poppy" Beatle. Although McCulloch's time in the spotlight was brief, his impact on music can still be recognized. As long as "Live and Let Die" or "Hi Hi Hi," are playing on the airwaves, Jimmy McCulloch's legacy will live on.