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That’s right, Paul McCartney invited McCracken to join Wings when he was forming it, but McCracken had to respectfully decline, though he would go on to play sessions with them. More at the New York Times:

The cause was leukemia, his wife of 43 years, Holly, said.

Just a partial list of the hundreds of musicians he accompanied includes Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Steely Dan, B. B. King, Jefferson Airplane, Billy Joel, Laura Nyro, Neil Diamond, Van Morrison, Carl Perkins, the Monkees, Carly Simon and James Taylor. He recorded with all four Beatles after their breakup. He recorded with Aretha Franklin and Mr. McCartney in different studios on the same day.

Elliott Randall, another well-known session musician, posted a remembrance of McCracken to Facebook (via Ultimate Classic Rock):

It is with unspeakable sadness that I share with you the passing of one of the greatest friends and greatest guitarists/musicians who ever graced this planet. I am truly privileged to have known this man throughout all of my adult life.
See ya on the other side, Hugh McCracken…

Thanks to Joe Caro for the pic.




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