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Wings and Joe Cocker Guitarist Henry McCullough Suffered Brain Damage

Henry McCullough

Back in November, we learned that Henry McCullough, the guitarist who worked with Joe Cocker and Paul McCartney in Wings, was in critical condition following a serious heart attack. Unfortunately, McCullough’s recovery has not gone as well as hoped. This Wednesday (Jan. 30) it was reported that McCullough has suffered brain damage as well.

The news comes courtesy of drummer Denny Seiwell, who played with McCullough in Wings from 1971-73. Seiwell has been in contact with McCullough’s family throughout the ordeal and relayed the information to Something Else! Reviews.

“Unfortunately, we just got some bad news on Henry’s condition,” he said. “By the time the ambulance got there, because the lack of oxygen from that period of the heart attack through first treatment, he’s suffered some significant brain damage.”

Seiwell and McCullough met in Wings after McCullough’s spell in Cocker’s Grease Band, which included a legendary performance at Woodstock. They quit the band in 1973 at roughly the same time – during rehearsals for ‘Band on the Run’ – but remained friends and even recorded an EP of Beatles songs together last year. However, Seiwell’s prognosis for McCullough’s future is less-than optimistic.

“Josie [McCullough’s longtime partner] is very hopeful,” he continued. “But some of the doctors — according to friends — don’t think that he’s going to have much of a recovery. He’s going to need constant care the rest of his life.”

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