Denny Laine holds a unique place in rock 'n' roll history. He's got footnote written all over him. This is something that happens to a lot of fine musicians whose paths cross that of the Beatles or a Beatle.
The Byrds. They were called "The American Beatles" which is the equivalent of calling a young singer-songwriter "The New Bob Dylan." Just not fair. Knowing about the Byrds as long as I can remember, I always regarded that statement as a critic's way of saying, "These guys are good, really good."
"Kisses on the Bottom" is a collection of standards by Paul McCartney. This style of music is in McCartney's DNA, every bit as much as the music of Little Richard or Carl Perkins.