Sir Paul McCartney joins others sending tributes to Bournemouth-based singer

Bournemouth Echo: TRIBUTES: Sheila Casey with husband Howie, TRIBUTES: Sheila Casey with husband Howie,

SIR Paul McCartney has joined those sending tributes to a Bournemouth-based singer who performed with some of the biggest names in music.

Sheila Casey, who has died from cancer, toured with the Beatles and performed with superstars including the Rolling Stones, Donovan, The Hollies and James Last.

With her sister Jeanette, Sheila made a string of singles in the early to mid-1960s. Known as the McKinley Sisters, they toured with and befriended The Beatles who joined their fan club.

In 1975 Sheila met her husband, saxophonist Howie Casey, who worked with the Beatles before playing with Sir Paul and Linda McCartney’s band Wings. The couple moved to Bournemouth in 1979.

Although they performed all over the world they also made their presence felt on the local music scene, most notably as mainstays of The Slobs rock ’n’ soul outfit. They also appeared regularly at Beatles festivals and conventions in Liverpool and Hamburg.

Howie, who played on numerous Wings albums and toured the world with the band, led the tributes to his wife.

He said: “Sheila was a wonderful woman who never complained, right up to the end. She was 71 but didn’t look her age. Sir Paul has sent a huge floral bouquet expressing his sadness and the McCartney family’s love and sympathy.”

Former Daily Echo journalist, freelance writer Nick Churchill, said: “Sheila and Jeanette made a string of charming white bread pop singles, performing Sweet and Tender Romance on Ready Steady Go.

“Luminaries such as Donovan and Jimmy Page played on the McKinleys’ records and they also sang with The Rolling Stones, The Hollies, James Last and Ringo Starr.

“Along with Jeanette and Howie, Sheila was an integral part of the mid-70s funk-rock supergroup Paice Ashton & Lord, appearing on their 1977 album Malice in Wonderland.

“Without the likes of Howie and Sheila Casey, superstar songwriters like Paul McCartney would struggle to make their vision a reality.”

Nick added: “Sheila Casey was a supremely talented artist, yet humble enough to remain a wonderfully warm human being.

“And this Christmas if we hear the heavenly host singing with a more recognisably blues-rock roar, we’ll know why.”

Sheila died in the early hours of December 16. Her funeral will be held at 3pm tomorrow at Harbour View woodland burial ground, Lytchett Minster.

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5:25pm Thu 20 Dec 12

pokesdown1 says...

Howie Casey and the Seniors.

Seen them a few times.
Howie Casey and the Seniors. Seen them a few times. pokesdown1
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9:49am Fri 21 Dec 12

dawntippett says...

I have known Sheila and Howie Casey since I was 12 years old as my father is also a musician Dave Caswell performing with various professional bands she was a very modest kind genuine young looking beautiful woman and deeply feel for Howie's loss as they were a wonderful couple and supported each other God bless Howie x
I have known Sheila and Howie Casey since I was 12 years old as my father is also a musician Dave Caswell performing with various professional bands she was a very modest kind genuine young looking beautiful woman and deeply feel for Howie's loss as they were a wonderful couple and supported each other God bless Howie x dawntippett
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9:49am Sat 22 Dec 12

waitrose2 says...

I moved to R.L.S.Ave in 1984 and the Caseys were our neighbours - their cat Vandal was the thug of the cat neighbourhood. We used to hear Howie on his Saxaphone. She was a lovely, smiling lady and we missed them very much when they moved. R.I.P. Sheila
I moved to R.L.S.Ave in 1984 and the Caseys were our neighbours - their cat Vandal was the thug of the cat neighbourhood. We used to hear Howie on his Saxaphone. She was a lovely, smiling lady and we missed them very much when they moved. R.I.P. Sheila waitrose2
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7:39pm Sat 22 Dec 12

Peter Doggett says...

Very sorry to hear about this. The McKinleys made some fabulous singles in their own right in the mid-60s - check them out on Youtube and Spotify. If they'd been American, they'd have been revered as girl group legends, as their records stand up just as well as those by their more famous U.S. counterparts. Commiserations to Howie and her friends & family.
Very sorry to hear about this. The McKinleys made some fabulous singles in their own right in the mid-60s - check them out on Youtube and Spotify. If they'd been American, they'd have been revered as girl group legends, as their records stand up just as well as those by their more famous U.S. counterparts. Commiserations to Howie and her friends & family. Peter Doggett
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3:31pm Fri 11 Jan 13

marquee says...

I was saddened to her the passing of Sheila Casey who was a wonderful singer and a wonderful person. Sheila and her husband were personal friends and you always
felt the warmth and affection they held for each other whenever you met them.
Sheila had a great rock heritage, dating from the early 60s with the McKinleys a duo with her sister Jeanette from Glasgow.
then followed spells with as a singer with Paice Ashton & Lord and a stint in Germany with the Les Humphries Singers. She still had a strong powerful voice in her later years fronting her husband Howie Casey (also a great musician with a fabulous) pedigree on saxophone.

She will be sadly missed, a truly nice person and a wonderful singer.
I was saddened to her the passing of Sheila Casey who was a wonderful singer and a wonderful person. Sheila and her husband were personal friends and you always felt the warmth and affection they held for each other whenever you met them. Sheila had a great rock heritage, dating from the early 60s with the McKinleys a duo with her sister Jeanette from Glasgow. then followed spells with as a singer with Paice Ashton & Lord and a stint in Germany with the Les Humphries Singers. She still had a strong powerful voice in her later years fronting her husband Howie Casey (also a great musician with a fabulous) pedigree on saxophone. She will be sadly missed, a truly nice person and a wonderful singer. marquee
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