Have guitar, will travel: Maverick Wings axeman Laurence Juber steps out

Image for post
Image for post
Handsome blue denim jacket-clad Laurence Juber holds court in a freewheeling, exclusive interview exploring his enviable career, highlighted by a stint as lead guitarist of Paul McCartney and Wings’ third, ultimately final lineup [1978–1981]. Here Juber is ready to rock on a sweet-looking black Gibson Les Paul electric guitar circa January 14, 2014. Photography by Kenna Love / Courtesy of Laurence Juber
Image for post
Image for post
On September 19, 2014, guitar extraordinaire and ardent Scorpio Laurence Juber confidently displays his LJ Signature Model Martin Guitar in an alternate shot from the official cover shoot for his 22nd studio album entitled “Fingerboard Road.” Photography by Michael Lamont / Courtesy of Laurence Juber

The Laurence Juber Interview, Part Two

Image for post
Image for post
A smoldering 22-year-old Elvis Presley poses sometime between June 12–17, 1957, as he undergoes publicity for “Jailhouse Rock,” the trailblazing rocker’s third of ultimately four motion pictures unleashed in the 1950s. Photography by Virgil Apger / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer / Elvis Photo Shoot Sessions
Image for post
Image for post
Tenor Cornell Gunter, bass singer Will “Dub” Jones, baritone Billy Guy, lead singer Carl Gardner, and guitarist Adolph Jacobs, clutching a Gibson Les Paul flattop, pose for a circa 1958 portrait in New York City. Image Credit: iHeartRadio / Warner Music Group
Image for post
Image for post
Rhythm guitarist-vocalist Denny Laine, lead guitarist Laurence Juber, a playful Paul McCartney, a floral bouquet brandishing Linda McCartney, and drummer Steve Holley represent Wings’ final lineup circa November 25, 1979. Image Credit: Evening Standard / Getty Images
Image for post
Image for post
Kermit the Frog delivers a heart-tugging, ultimately Oscar-nominated rendition of “The Rainbow Connection” in “The Muppets Movie,” a deserved smash at the box office when released on June 22, 1979. Image Credit: Jim Henson Productions, Inc.
Image for post
Image for post
Appearing somewhat dejected in the aftermath of Wings’ unexpected breakup, Laurence Juber wonders where the next gig will be on the rear EP jacket of “Standard Time,” the guitarist’s debut solo project distributed on July 9, 1982, via Breaking Records. Image Credit: BeatlesHelp.net
Image for post
Image for post
George Harrison meets former Wings sideman Laurence Juber in April 1986 at Village Recorders in Los Angeles while cutting “Breath Away from Heaven” for the “Shanghai Surprise” soundtrack. Juber’s wife Hope Schwartz and their two-day-old baby Ilsey are also pictured. Image courtesy of Laurence Juber
Image for post
Image for post
Released in July 1990 on Beachwood Records, the evocative album cover of “Solo Flight,” the second solo album distributed by Laurence Juber. Photography by Brian Aris / Courtesy of Laurence Juber
Image for post
Image for post
Maverick fingerstyle guitarist Laurence Juber cuddles beloved pet dog Ziggy, a Chihuahua terrier mix, in 2010. Image courtesy of Laurence Juber
Image for post
Image for post
Circa November 13, 2011, happily married couple Laurence Juber and Hope Schwartz dress up for a fun red photo booth summit in anticipation of their 30th wedding anniversary which occurred on March 21, 1982. Image courtesy of Laurence Juber
Image for post
Image for post
“LJ Plays the Beatles!” is the debut volume of Laurence Juber’s best-selling album series exploring his appreciation for the four lads from Liverpool, unleashed on June 13, 2000. Image Credit: Solid Air Records
Image for post
Image for post
Released on April 10, 2012, is the purple and black mood-enhanced cover depicting Laurence Juber’s 20th studio album entitled “Soul of Light: The Romance & Spirit of Solo Guitar,” a retrospective that found the gifted artist revisiting his back catalog along with one new tune, “Father Time.” Image Credit: Solid Air Records
Image for post
Image for post
But he could play a guitar just like a-ringing a bell: On March 26, 2011, Laurence Juber takes a rare lead vocal turn on a winning cover of Chuck Berry’s immortal “Johnny B. Goode” at the New York Metro Fest for Beatles Fans held at the Empire Meadowlands Hotel by Clarion in Secaucus, New Jersey. Image courtesy of Laurence Juber
Image for post
Image for post
The apple of my eye: Presenting “LJ Can’t Stop Playing the Beatles,” the cover of Laurence Juber’s 24th studio album unleashed on March 3, 2017. Image Credit: Hologram Recordings
Image for post
Image for post
Come a little bit closer: Former Paul McCartney and Wings lead guitarist Laurence Juber poses for a publicity shot with his prized, custom Martin acoustic guitar circa July 2009. Image courtesy of Laurence Juber
Image for post
Image for post
Acoustic fingerstyle guitarist and then-new Paul McCartney and Wings member Laurence Juber is captured rehearsing a song in a London studio, summer 1978. Photography by Linda McCartney / The Laurence Juber Collection
Image for post
Image for post
Advanced fingerstyle guitarist Laurence Juber and Glasgow-born folk-rock artist Al Stewart trade acoustic licks onstage at the Lyceum Theatre on May 4, 2009, in London, England. Photography by C. Brandon / Redferns / Getty Images
Image for post
Image for post
Have guitar, will travel — Driven guitar maestro Laurence Juber awaits his next destination in this September 19, 2014, illuminating candid also featured on the cover of his 22nd studio record entitled “Fingerboard Road.” Photography by Michael Lamont / Courtesy of Laurence Juber
Click to watch Wings kindle their jazz leanings with the ambling “Baby’s Request,” taken from their final album, “Back to the Egg.” Released on June 8, 1979, the World War II desert setting that Paul McCartney chose for the video’s backdrop is a nice touch. Video Credit: Capitol / EMI Music
Click to watch the all-star 1979 video for Paul McCartney and Wings’ epic “Rockestra Theme,” featuring Pete Townshend, John Bonham, John Paul Jones, David Gilmour, Laurence Juber, and other notable musicians. Video Credit: MPL Communications
Watch acclaimed guitar virtuoso Laurence Juber, best known as the lead guitarist in Paul McCartney and Wings’ final lineup, perform a solo acoustic version of the Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” circa 2006. Video Credit: YouTube user Tomomac33
Watch Laurence Juber perform a killer solo acoustic version of the Beatles’ “Drive My Car” from their “Rubber Soul” album. It was recorded live in a January 2011 Guitar Player Magazine session. A studio version is available on “LJ Plays the Beatles Vol. 2.” Video Credit: New Bay Media / Guitar Player TV
Click to hear Laurence Juber reimagine Derek and the Dominos’ “Layla” at the Turning Point Cafe in Pierpont, New York, on October 12, 2006. The fingerstyle picker is best known as the guitarist in Wings’ final lineup. Video Credit: YouTube user Tonguy5
Click to watch Laurence Juber perform a stunning acoustic cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing” at the January 2011 NAMM convention in Anaheim, California. Video Credit: YouTube user Freedom Tuners

Written by

Retro pop culture interviews & lovin’ someone fierce sustain this University of Georgia Master of Agricultural Leadership alum. Email: jeremylr@windstream.net

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store