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Ex-E.L.O. cellist Hugh McDowell dead at 65

music news 09/11/2018

Former E.L.O. cellist, Hugh McDowell has passed away on 6th Nov at the age of 65. He had been suffering from cancer for some time, says his former colleague Mel Gale, who also confirmed the death.

McDowell joined Jeff Lynne's band in 1972 and was present at the very first ELO concert that took place at Greyhound Pub in Croydon, Surrey in April that year. 

He made his first studio appearance on the band's second album, "ELO 2" in 1973. He was regarded as a member of E.L.O.'s classic lineup of the mid-'70s.

On Gale's Facebook wall, he says, “I’m sad beyond words to have to pass on the news that my old friend and fantastic cellist Hugh McDowell passed away last night after a long illness."

“We met in our mid-teens and were close until we left ELO in 1980. He was a beautiful free spirit, had such a natural gift as a cellist and just a lovely bloke.”

McDowell guest starred on Gale's album "Gift Wrapped" in 1980 and moved on to teaching music and conduct a children's orchestra while arranging music for a wide range of bands on the side. In 1991, he played a part in Bev Bevan's Electric Light Orchestra Part II project and performed on Asia's 2008 "Phoenix album.