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The 1968 Gibson gold top guitar used by Henry McCullough throughout his career as one of the world’s greatest guitarists .This guitar was used at Woodstock while playing “With A Little Help From My Friends” with Joe Cocker.The Guitar was later used playing with many bands but most significantly with Paul McCartney and Wings.The Guitar is accompanied by The Sequin jacket worn by Henry during his time with Wings. Henry McCullough is widely regarded in the music industry as one of the greatest rock guitarists of the last half-century. He was invited to play lead guitar in the bands of such legends as Paul McCartney’s Wings, Joe Cocker’s Grease Band, The Frankie Miller Band and Ronnie Lane’s Slim Chance. He has also played with Leon Russell, Roy Harper, Eric Burdon, Jimi Hendrix and The Who, to name but a few. His other bands include Eire Apparent and Spooky Tooth, as well, of course, as The Henry McCullough Band. A massive heart attack on November 5th 2012 left Henry for dead - indeed he was clinically dead for around 10 minutes before paramedics miraculously revived him. The experience has left him severely disabled, wheelchair-bound and sadly unable to play ever again. Henry and his partner of 32 years, Josie, are now selling their most prized possession - an icon of the music industry - the Les Paul Gold Top on which Henry played his revered, improvised solo in Paul McCartney’s number 1 single ‘My Love’. In a revealing April 2012 interview Henry explained how the solo came about: Henry McCullough: The solo on “My Love” was done at Air studios, George Martin’s London studio. Yes that’s me playing the solo, and was done in one take. I mentioned to Paul that I wanted to change whatever was suggested. The conversation between Paul and me went like this …”What are you gonna’ play?” - “I don’t know” - “ You don’t know what you’re gonna’ play?” -”No.” “Now, there’s Paul, George Martin etc in the control room, a 50 piece orchestra waiting on me in the studio, (they were recording both the orchestra and guitar solo at the same time) so, in I went and plugged in the Gold Top, took a deep breath, and when I exhaled it was all over. It was a one-take wonder, a gift from God? I don’t know… somebody/something happened, everybody saw it/felt it. Ask Sir Paul and I think you would get a similar answer.”Sir Paul’s actual answer when asked about Henry’s solo in his Wingspan interview was simply “WOW!”This is the same guitar Henry played at Woodstock, which electrified the half a million audience with his stunning intro to Joe Cocker’s ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’. The same guitar he played on the original Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s number one album, Jesus Christ Superstar. The money raised from the sale of the guitar will go towards a new home, which can provide Henry with the special facilities he now desperately needs. Sadly, despite having contributed so much to the world of music, he never enjoyed the degree of financial success he deserved - the reason why he has chosen to auction his most prized instrument. This is the first and only opportunity to become the proud owner of Henry McCullough’s wonderful Les Paul Gold Top - a great guitar and a unique piece of rock memorabilia - and in the process for you to provide much needed help to one of the industry’s most outstanding musicians.

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Henry McCullough 1968 Gibson Gold Top Les Paul

Estimate £100,000 - £150,000Sep 23, 2013