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Subject: ELO member Kelly Groucutt dies, aged 63

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/22/09 at 3:24 am

Kelly Groucutt, the bass player in the rock band Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), has died aged 63.

He suffered a heart attack on Wednesday night and was taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital but did not regain consciousness and died on Thursday.

Groucutt, who also sang on the Birmingham band's records, joined the group in 1974 and left in 1983.

His friend Mike Sheridan, of Mike Sheridan and The Nightriders, said he was "gob smacked" by the news.

He added: "When I heard the news this afternoon I just couldn't believe it. He seemed to be such a fit guy."

Groucutt played with The Sight and Sound before joining ELO and was an influential figure in the Brum Beat scene of the 1960s.


Subject: Re: ELO member Kelly Groucutt dies, aged 63

Written By: LyricBoy on 02/22/09 at 8:24 am

How many people in the orchestra are left these days?

Subject: Re: ELO member Kelly Groucutt dies, aged 63

Written By: Paul on 02/22/09 at 8:54 am

Wow! There's a bit of surprising and very sad news... :(

Although the Orchestra became very much Jeff Lynne's 'baby', Kel was part and parcel of the overall sound during those successful years...


How many people in the orchestra are left these days?


I'm not sure if the Orchestra operates in this day and age, but if you're talking in past-members' terms, Kel is the only one who has died...

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