Original Wings lead guitarist Henry McCullough has reportedly sufferer brain damage due to his heart attack last November. McCullough's Wings bandmate and close friend, drummer Denny Seiwell told the music blog, Something Else, "Unfortunately, we just got some bad news on Henry's condition. 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 added that although McCullough's longtime partner, Josie, is holding out hope for McCullough to pull through, doctors are less optimistic: "Josie is very hopeful, 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."
McCullough was Wings' first lead guitarist, joining the already formed band in January 1972 and quitting in August 1973 on the eve of Paul McCartney and Wings leaving for Lagos to record Band On The Run. He left his mark such early McCartney solo classics as "Give Ireland Back To The Irish," "C Moon," "Hi Hi Hi," "Mary Had A Little Lamb," "My Love," "Big Barn Bed," "The Mess," "Country Dreamer," Denny Laine's "I Would Only Smile," "Best Friend," "When The Night," and "Live And Let Die." McCullough also played lead guitar on Wings' first Number One album, 1973's Red Rose Speedway.