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McCullough - vocals, guitar
- Eire Apparent
- The Grease Band
- Paul McCartney and Wings
Rating: *** (3 stars)
Title: Mind Your Own Business!
Company: Dark Horse
Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+
GEMM Catalog ID: not yet listed
There are so many talented musicians who never seem to get past sidemen. True, some are interested in retaining their 'guns for hire' anonymity. On the other hand, there are plenty willing to do virtually anything for a shot at the spotlight. While we don't know a great deal about Henry McCullough, although he seems content to have fallen somewhere between the two extremes.
Born and raised in Ireland, McCullough cut his musical chops playing in various Irish show bands such as The Skyrockets. His first brush with commercial success came as an early member of Eire Apparent, followed by a stint with The Sweeny Men. By the late'-60s he was living in London which brought him into contact with singer Joe Cocker. Supporting Cocker led to formation of The Grease Band. While The Grease Band managed to record several well received albums, they achieved little commercial success and by the early-'70s McCullough was playing in one of Paul McCartney's first Wings line ups. The collaboration proved fairly brief, ending shortly before recording sessions for 1973's "Band On the Run".
Given McCullough's Paul McCartney connection,
it was interesting that his solo debut would be released by George
Harrison's newly formed Dark Horse label. Co-produced by McCullough
and John Jansen, 1975's "Mind
Your Own Business!" found the artist working with all star cast, including Alex Korner, Steve Marriott, Frankie Miller (check out his performance on "I'm In Heaven") and keyboardist Mick Weaver. Admittedly, McCullough's gravelly voice wasn't any great shakes. A competent if largely anonymous vocalist, on material such as "Sing Me a Song" he actually sounded like a zonked out Keith Richards. Luckily, McCullough proved a surprisingly accomplished writer. Originals such as "You'd Better Run", "I Can Drive a Car" and the reggaefied "Baby What You Do To Me" made for a low-keyed and likeable collection. Imagine something out of
Ron Wood's solo catalog and you'll be in the right neighborhood. Unfortunately, in spite of
generally favorable reviews, the set went nowhere.
"Mind Your Own Business" track listing:
1. You'd Better
Run (Henry McCullough) -
1. Lord Knows
(Henry McCullough) -
With the album becoming an instant obscurity, McCullough returned to sessions and sideman status, supporting a slew of acts, including Marianne Faithful and Roy Harper. In the mid-'80s he returned to his native Ireland. An accident where a knife severed one of the tendons in his hand almost left him debilitated, but after several years of therapy he resumed playing guitar with small local groups. My the early-'90s he'd resumed recording, releasing a couple of CDs in Poland (!!!). Don't ask, we've never heard any of his latter material.
Naturally, there are a number of websites devoted to the guitarist. Among the best:
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