Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton join forces to help sick folk rocker

by WENN November 19th, 2019, 6:00 am


Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, and Led Zeppelin are among a host of music legends who have joined forces to help sick folk rocker Jerry Donahue.

American musician Jerry, who played with the groups Fairport Convention and Fotheringay, has been unable to perform since suffering a stroke in 2016.

Paul, Eric, and the surviving members of Led Zeppelin are among a host of stars who have autographed a white signature Jerry Donahue Telecaster guitar, which will be auctioned to raise funds to help the stricken guitarist.

Ex-Pink Floyd member David Gilmour, Jeff Lynne, The Who’s Pete Townshend, Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi, Dire Straits’ Mark Knopfler and The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson have also signed the instrument.

Dave Pegg, bass player with Fairport Convention, who has led the fundraising drive, told the BBC that rock royalty had come together out of “respect for Jerry”.

“They recognize he’s one of the greatest guitarists in the world with a unique style,” he explained. “No one else could do the multiple string bends (technique), which is why guitar legends like Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page admire him so much.”

Since his stroke, Jerry, who resides in Los Angeles, has lost the use of the right side of his body, including his hand – meaning he is currently unable to perform.

The guitar is expected to fetch between $12,960 and $25,910 when it goes under the hammer at Gardiner Houlgate auction house in Wiltshire, England on 11 December.