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Paul McCartney and Others Raise Funds for Musical Contemporary

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By Daniel Johnson

Sir Paul McCartney, David Gilmour of Pink Floyd fame, Eric Clapton, and the members of the band Led Zeppelin and The Beach Boys are some of the many classic rock musicians who are raising money for one of their contemporaries. Folk-rock musician Jerry Donahue, who had little commercial but much critical success during his career, suffered a debilitating stroke back in 2016. The result of this limited his abilities to speak and use the right side of his body, prematurely ending his career.

Today, Donahue lives in Los Angeles. However, financial issues have continued to dog the former musician and his family, leading his old friends and colleagues to assist him. Prior to the stroke, Donahue was both a solo musician, producer and member of multiple successful folk-rock bands, such as "The Hellcasters," "Fotheringay," and "Fairpoint Convention." During his career, Donahue moved to England where he became an important member of the British folk scene and became close to many of these men who are helping him in his current state.

Donahue was known for his unique guitar playing as he heavily relied on a fingerpicking style with his right hand, and developed with prowess to bend multiple strings at once with his left hand. Former bass player and Fairpoint Convention bandmate Dave Pegg talked about Donahue's guitar playing admirably.

"They recognize he's one of the greatest guitarists in the world with a unique style," he said. "No one else could do the multiple string bends, which is why guitar legends like Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page admire him so much."

It is only appropriate that with such a talented musician, his contemporaries are using his guitar to raise funds. A who's who of 23 musicians has put their signature on a Jerry Donahue Telecaster guitar. During the 1990s, Fender developed their own lines of Stratocasters and telecasters guitars in honor of Donahue, who primarily played telecasters. The musicians signed their names to a Donahue Telecaster, which they plan to auction off on December 11, with estimates ranging between 10,000 - 20,000 pounds from the sale. Names include fellow guitar masters such as Mark Knopfler, Jeff Beck, Albert Lee, and Tony Iommi just to name a few.

[SweetRelief.org] (https://sweetrelief.org/jerry-donahue-fund/) has also set up a public page to donate money to Donahue's relief fund. McCartney has already raised a pretty penny for his old colleague. The former Beatle and Wing member sold an old exercise book that contained old doodles and notes made by the young McCartney for 46,800 pounds.

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