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Jimmy McCulloch—the sad ending of his guitar playing tenure

Ivan May

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I made a similar post on my old account on the My Les Paul forum, before that account got deleted.
Jimmy McCulloch is an overly obscure guitarist, and he deserved a lot of recognition in the 26 small years he spent on this planet.

He spent a lot of those years playing with Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney and Denny Laine in Wings. McCulloch played on the albums Venus and Mars, Wings at the Speed of Sound, Wings Over America and London Town before leaving in 1978. He also played in the Small Faces, on albums by Elton John and Roy Harper, Who bassist John Entwistle solo album Whistle Rhymes, and on the Who member Roger Daltrey’s problematic 1977 solo album One Of The Boys.
McCulloch, who was from Scotland, would die of an apparent drug overdose in August of 1979.
Jimmy McCulloch composed the anti drug themed song Medicine Jar, and sang lead vocals on the track. He also played some George Harrison like slide guitar

here is a picture of Macca and Jimmy McCulloch. F431B887-2866-41AE-8ACF-2316323A2B32.jpeg
He was a great guitarist, and usually played a Red Gibson SG, a Gibson ES 335 Electric guitar, a Fender Telecaster, a Fender Stratocaster, and a Gibson Les Paul. For acoustic work, he would play a Martin D28 and Ovation acoustic guitars. One of which was electric acoustic.
He also played a Fender Precision Bass and a Fender Jazz Bass, mostly used for whenever Denny Laine or Paul McCartney would play piano or acoustic guitar.
My girlfriends dad is very close friends with Denny Laine, and if I ever get the chance, I should show him this post. Jimmy McCulloch also played a cherry red Gibson ES 335 Electric guitar, as evidenced by this photo:
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That guitar went on the chopping block a few years ago. Denny Laine and Paul McCartney both played a Gibson Les Paul, and Paul McCartney of course, had a left handed Gibson Les Paul. I know that they used Fender and Marshall amps. I saw a Wings Over America concert movie on Tubi just a few weeks ago.
Does anyone think Jimmy was a good guitarist? If so I would like to hear your opinion.

Then again, a lot of his guitars probably got auctioned off.
 

Ivan May

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He was also an Epiphone player.

And a few Gibson Firebird guitars:

And a Gibson Flying V
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Triplet

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I always wondered if it was an amicable split from Wings. I don't remember McCartney saying much about it.
 

El Gringo

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McCulloch left before that. Macca had Lawrence Juber playing in Wings during the Back to the Egg era, which was before the drug bust. McCulloch quit to play with a new version of the Small Faces.
Thank You for the info
 

Sarcaster

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I made a similar post on my old account on the My Les Paul forum, before that account got deleted.
Jimmy McCulloch is an overly obscure guitarist, and he deserved a lot of recognition in the 26 small years he spent on this planet.

He spent a lot of those years playing with Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney and Denny Laine in Wings. McCulloch played on the albums Venus and Mars, Wings at the Speed of Sound, Wings Over America and London Town before leaving in 1978. He also played in the Small Faces, on albums by Elton John and Roy Harper, Who bassist John Entwistle solo album Whistle Rhymes, and on the Who member Roger Daltrey’s problematic 1977 solo album One Of The Boys.
McCulloch, who was from Scotland, would die of an apparent drug overdose in August of 1979.
Jimmy McCulloch composed the anti drug themed song Medicine Jar, and sang lead vocals on the track. He also played some George Harrison like slide guitar

here is a picture of Macca and Jimmy McCulloch. View attachment 14527
He was a great guitarist, and usually played a Red Gibson SG, a Gibson ES 335 Electric guitar, a Fender Telecaster, a Fender Stratocaster, and a Gibson Les Paul. For acoustic work, he would play a Martin D28 and Ovation acoustic guitars. One of which was electric acoustic.
He also played a Fender Precision Bass and a Fender Jazz Bass, mostly used for whenever Denny Laine or Paul McCartney would play piano or acoustic guitar.
My girlfriends dad is very close friends with Denny Laine, and if I ever get the chance, I should show him this post. Jimmy McCulloch also played a cherry red Gibson ES 335 Electric guitar, as evidenced by this photo:
View attachment 14528
That guitar went on the chopping block a few years ago. Denny Laine and Paul McCartney both played a Gibson Les Paul, and Paul McCartney of course, had a left handed Gibson Les Paul. I know that they used Fender and Marshall amps. I saw a Wings Over America concert movie on Tubi just a few weeks ago.
Does anyone think Jimmy was a good guitarist? If so I would like to hear your opinion.

Then again, a lot of his guitars probably got auctioned off.
I liked EVERYTHING he did. Especially with Wings. He made slide guitar look easy. His leads were fantastic. Medicine Jar is one of my favorite songs. It is truly sad that he kept on sticking his hand in it. The Wings over America Concert footage was long overdue and freaking awesome. I had that WOA album when I was a kid and wore it out. Learned every song on guitar, bass and piano. RIP Jimmy McCulloch
 
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