Kelly Groucutt 1945-2009

The name might not be very familiar, but for Electric Light Orchestra fans (like me, of course), he was the bassist and background vocalist during the band’s prime between 1974’s Face The Music and Secret Messages in 1983 with the worldwide tours and successes in between.

Other ELO-based sites will go into detail of Kelly’s days before and after ELO, so, instead, I’m presenting a short collage of Kelly moments: first is an oddball short excerpt of a Kelly and Jeff Lynne interview by radio legend Jim Ladd from the mid-70’s, followed by a single he recorded in 1982 for the Riva Record label for the US market.

Thanks for backing ELO up, Kelly! While I’m in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, I’ll drink a toast in your honor.


InnerView excerpt © Jim Ladd ‘Am I A Dreamer’ © Estate Of Kelly Groucutt

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