Friday, February 20, 2009

R.I.P. Kelly Groucutt From ELO

ELO's Kelly Groucutt dies
ELO Bassist has passed away aged 62
ELO bassist Kelly Groucutt has passed away aged 62.Stafford-born Groucutt died of a heart attack yesterday afternoon (February 19).After he left ELO in 1983, Groucutt he played with spin-off bands The Orchestra, Orkestra and ELO Part 2.In a statement Groucutt's management said: "Our hearts and thoughts go out to [wife] 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."
We here at Sound Of Cannons are ardent ELO fans. We saw Kelly perform many times and spoke with him after a gig outside of Carnegie Hall. Gracious and vibrant fall utterly short of descriptions of the legendary bassist. Many people get old and miserable as they wither into their later years; yet Kelly was still performing with vim and vigor and bringing joy to so many people. Too often, life is unfair to the truly good people here on earth. The good pass too quickly and the rat-fuck-basterds stay too long. Kelly was definitely one of the good ones. The man, his music and his joy will be sorely missed. Rest In Peace great musician, your works will echo through eternity.

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