Jo Jo Laine

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Jo Jo Laine (born Joanne LaPatrie, Boston, July 13, 1952—October 29, 2006) [1] was an American singer, model and actress who married Moody Blues founder Denny Laine while he was a member of Paul McCartney's group Wings. Originally a groupie[1] who had affairs with Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, and many other artists, she had a lengthy relationship with Rod Stewart just prior to her meeting Denny Laine. Stewart is said to have written the hit song "You Wear It Well" for her and in the foreword to her autobiography (as yet unpublished) wrote "You wore it well then, Jo Jo, and you wear it well now." Ginger Baker wrote the last page of her book saying - very affectionately - "No sane man would go near her."

Biography[edit]

Recording artist[edit]

She recorded with Sting and Andy Summers of The Police on her Pye Records 45 RPM "Hulk" (the B side is "Dancing Man"; the musicians from the Police possibly only appearing on the A side), and with Ray Fenwick of the group Fancy in a band called Jo Jo Laine & The Firm on Mercury Records. Jo Jo was friends with the members of Led Zeppelin and rumor has it when Jimmy Page wanted the name The Firm there were no objections from Jo Jo.[citation needed] Jo Jo dated producer Jimmy Miller from 1986 to 1988 and Miller produced a number of sides for Jo Jo including a remake of Gerry Goffin & Carole King's Herman's Hermits hit "(I'm Into) Something Good," which Jo Jo changed to "I'm in for Something Good!"

In 1986 she managed a British group called The Mannish Boys. She also performed in the Boston band Gear.

Memoirs[edit]

Her memoirs appeared in the British tabloid “Sunday People” in a series of articles on April 17, April 18 and May 1, 1983.[2]

Death[edit]

Jo Jo Laine died at St George's Hospital, Tooting, London, aged 54, following a fall at her former home Yew Corner, in Laleham, Surrey. She is survived by three children: British guitarist Laine Hines, his sister, recording artist Heidi-Jo Hines (both from her marriage to Denny Laine) and disc jockey Boston O'Donohue, from a relationship she had with Peter O'Donohue.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jo-Jo Laine Obituary
  2. ^ The McCartney File: A Comprehensive Guide to His Life and Career, compiled by Bill Harry (Virgin Books Ltd., London, 1986, 192 pages)

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