Kelly Groucutt
(1945 - 2009)

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Kelly Groucutt

Birth:
September 8, 1945

Passing:
February 19, 2009


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Kelly was an amazing artist. He leaves us with some fantastic contributions to music, and will be missed by so many. Rest in Peace Kelly.

Kelly Groucutt was a member of a band called "Sight and Sound" before being recruited in 1974 for ELO's Eldorado tour. He soon established himself as a fan favourite by taking over lead vocal duties on a few songs as well as gaining a great rapport with live audiences. His distinctive voice can also be best heard on later ELO songs such as "Nightrider" (1975), "Poker" (1975), "Above the Clouds" (1976), "Sweet Is the Night" (1977), and "The Diary of Horace Wimp" (1979). While he did not perform the operatic vocals in the studio, Groucutt often displayed his vocal talents by replicating them during live performances of "Rockaria!" (1976).
The first Electric Light Orchestra album to feature Kelly 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).
In 1982 he released his self titled, solo debut album, Kelly. This album featured fellow ELO members Bev Bevan, Richard Tandy, Mik Kaminski and their orchestral co-arranger and conductor Louis Clark. In 2001 this album was remastered for CD.
Kelly remained with ELO until the onset of the recording sessions for 1983's Secret Messages album. It was at this juncture that Kelly left the band, unhappy with royalty payments during his tenure, and made the decision to sue management and band leader Jeff Lynne. A settlement for the sum of £300,000 was reached out of court prior to proceedings. He is credited with playing bass on Secret Messages, although it has been stated from an official source that he only played on four songs.
In 2006 Kelly married his second wife, long time girlfriend Anna-Maria Bialaga. He has four children and two grandchildren.
He has taken part in some of the many ELO spin-off groups: OrKestra, ELO Part 2, and The Orchestra. He toured worldwide with The Orchestra (Former members of ELO and ELO Part II) and also took part in tours as part of a local, little known band called Session 60.
Kelly Groucutt died of the afternoon of 19th February 2009 of a heart attack. We miss him, thank you Kelly.

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Yesterday it was 7 yesrs ago you left the planet, to go sing with the angels. You will always be in my heart.
I miss you very much Kelly!!!! RIP
Dorthe Nordahn (Friend)
February 20th, 2016
Happy Birthday, Dearest Kelly
You are forever in our hearts and minds.
Agnes Godsey (#1 Fan)
September 9th, 2013
It is always unfortunate to hear of a death.
Nathaniel Webb (fan)
August 1st, 2013
Kelly you were the best,so many happy memories, the light shines on.
Tim Stevens (Fan)
July 15th, 2012
I have only listened to you on CD and seen you on DVD. I was not fortunate enough to see you live or meet you, but you are missed by all who love your music and your voice. You will not be forgotten.
Dave Thomas (Fan)
July 9th, 2012
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"7 years.....Still in our hearts, always and forever.."
Agnes Godsey
February 21st, 2016
"Yesterday it was 7 years ago, you left the planet, to go sing with the angels. I miss you very much!!!"
Dorthe Nordahn
February 20th, 2016
"I live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and saw ELO here in 1981. Part 2 played here in 1993. Hours before the show, Kelly was strolling through the crowd and I ran up to say hi. He seemed amazed a stranger would recognize him. He later gave me an autograph."
Mike Spanjar
March 13th, 2014
"You left us 5 years ago, but your amazing talent and wonderful smile will always be with us... You left so many things for the world to hold onto.."
Agnes Godsey
February 19th, 2014
"Yesterday would have been your birthday, we still love and admire you as always, dear Kelly."
Agnes Godsey
September 9th, 2013
"Happy Birthday, Kelly you will always be my favorite."
agnes godsey
September 9th, 2012
"Been your fan for many years, and I know you are the greatest. You were the best of ELO. The world of music was better with you in it."
Agnes Godsey
January 6th, 2011
"HAD THE HONOUR OF MEETING THE MAN TWICE.. HE GOT MY LEATHER ELO PAINTED JACKET SIGNED BY THE REST OF THE BAND. A GENUINE HONEST MAN AND A BLOKE YOU WOULD BUY A PINT FOR ANY TIME ANY DAY! DID I MENTION A GENIUS BASS AND VOCALIST!"
John Michael O'Hare
August 11th, 2010
"I will forever remember the ELO concert on Feb 17th 1978 at Football Pk in Adelaide, SA. Thankyou Kelly for inspiring me to play Bass.. you will be sadly missed."
jo tripodi
January 17th, 2010
"Kelly thank you for the best music ever. I will never forget.You live on trough your music. God bless."
Bradley Dunham
August 16th, 2009

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