ELO Bassist Dies
ELO bassist Kelly Groucutt has died after suffering a heart attack at age 63.
A statement on Groucott’s official website says:
‘It is with great sadness that I have to inform the fans that Kelly Groucutt died on the afternoon of 19th February 2009 of a heart attack.
‘Our hearts and thoughts go out to Anna and Kelly’s family. He touched all of our lives with his love, kindness and generosity as well as his talent for music and song.
‘He was a true and wonderful friend who loved every second of life and he will be greatly missed by us all.’
Groucutt was bassist for the Electric Light Orchestra between 1974 and 1983.
The first Electric Light Orchestra album to feature him on bass guitar and as a backing vocalist was 1975′s Face The Music.
He continued contributing on the following albums A New World Record (1976), Out of the Blue (1977), Discovery (1979), Xanadu (1980) and Time (1981).
He is credited with playing bass on 1983′s Secret Messages, although it has been stated from an official source that he only played on four songs.