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Subject: Electric Light Orchestra: Bass Player Kelly Groucutt Dead At 63

Written By: Claybricks on 02/21/09 at 9:07 pm

Feb 20, 2009 10:00 am US/Central

ELO Bassist Groucutt Dead At 63

LONDON (AP) ― Kelly Groucutt, former bass player with 1970s rock hitmakers ELO, has died at age 63.

Groucutt's management said the musician died Thursday in Worcester, central England, after having a heart attack.

Formed in Birmingham, England, in 1971 by local musicians Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood, ELO - short for Electric Light Orchestra - combined rock 'n' roll with orchestral arrangements replete with string sections, choirs and symphonic sweep.

Groucutt joined ELO in 1974 after leaving his previous band, Sight and Sound. He played bass and sang during ELO's heyday as one of the world's biggest rock acts. ELO had a string of British and U.S. chart hits during the 1970s and early 1980s, including "Livin' Thing," "Mr. Blue Sky" and "Don't Bring Me Down."

Groucutt left the band in 1983 but later toured with several successor acts, including ELO Part II and The Orchestra.

He is survived by his wife Anna and four children.

Funeral details were not immediately available.

Subject: Re: Electric Light Orchestra: Bass Player Kelly Groucutt Dead At 63

Written By: Badfinger-fan on 02/22/09 at 12:49 am

that's sad news. Kelly Groucutt was too young at 63.  I love ELO's 70's stuff and also their tracks on Xanadu.
I'll break out my ELO CD tomorrow and pay attention to the bass.

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