Whatever happened to Jimmy McCullough?
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 7:19:29 AM
McCartney’s guitarist was Jimmy McCullough, a precocious talent who was only about 17 when he appeared on Thunderclap Newman’s number one hit “Something In The Air”.
His guitar playing was, perhaps, a bit too blues-rock for Wings, but he did a very nice line in finger vibrato. Not quite up there in the Paul Kossoff class, but then, who is?
I was wondering what happened to him, given that he was still very young when punk came along and utterly changed the musical landscape.
So, I checked him out on the web and confirmed a dim recollection that he had died very young. He died of a heroin overdose at the age of 26. Kossoff, by the way, died at the age of 25.
Curiously, Hank Marvin, the godfather of British guitarists, had a hand in the careers of both. According to Wikipedia, that unimpeachable source, McCullough was a protégé of Hank’s, while as for Kossoff, his father, the actor David Kossoff, asked Hank’s advice on what guitar to get his young son.
David Kossoff and Hank were appearing together in one of the Cliff & the Shads films; I forget which one, because they are all the same.
I once saw David Kossoff in a one-man show at the Queen's Theatre in Hornchurch. He was touring a little while after his son had died. If memory serves, that's where I got the info about Hank recommending which guitar Kossoff should get his son.
I still think of Paul Kossoff every time I pass the Kossoff bakery in Petticoat Lane.
Apart from the Bevis Marks kosher restaurant and the nearby synagogue, Kossoff's is about the only remnant of East London's once vibrant Jewish community.