Richard Tandy, Legendary Keyboardist Of The Electric Light Orchestra, Dies At 76


Keyboardist and long-standing member of the iconic Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), Richard Tandy, died on May 1st at the age of 76. His departure marks the end of an era but leaves behind a legacy that will continue to inspire and shape the music landscape for generations to come. While the cause of his death remains undisclosed, reports suggested that he faced health challenges that led to his retirement from live performances.

Joining ELO in 1972, Tandy’s musical journey was nothing short of extraordinary. His talent, creativity, and unwavering commitment played an essential role in developing the band’s unique sound and style, captivating audiences worldwide. Throughout his time with the group, Tandy’s keyboard wizardry enriched some of the band’s most beloved songs and albums, including classics like “Mr. Blue Sky,” “Don’t Bring Me Down,” and “Time.”


Jeff Lynne, ELO’s founder pays tribute to Richard Tandy

ELO founder and frontman Jeff Lynne broke the news of Tandy’s passing on social media, while also paying tribute to his dear friend and collaborator. He shared a picture of both of them and a clip of Tandy playing the piano while he sang and played the guitar, Lynne praised the late keyboardist for being a talented musician and a cherished companion, whose contributions to the band’s legendary sound will be deeply missed.


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“It is with great sadness that I share the news of the passing of my long-time collaborator and dear friend Richard Tandy,” he wrote via X. “He was a remarkable musician & friend and I’ll cherish the lifetime of memories we had together.”

Electric Light Orchestra (ELO): (l-r): Richard Tandy, Jeff Lynne, Bev Bevan, Kelly Groucutt, ca. 1970s

Tandy’s passing has sparked an outpouring of tributes and condolences from fellow musicians and fans around the world, some of whom took to the comment section of Lynne’s post. “So sorry to hear of the passing of Richard Tandy. I loved this stripped down version of ‘Telephone Line’ that you did with him,” a fan wrote while another commented, “Terrible loss condolences to you and the Tandy family…..sending love, hugs and prayers of comfort for all of you We will cherish our memories of him as well.”

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame posted their own tribute, acknowledging the significant role of the late musician as one of the masterminds behind the success of ELO. “Playing a range of keyboard instruments, his riffs provided the foundation for hits like Mr. Blue Sky and Evil Woman,” they wrote in the In Memoriam section, “Tandy was crucial in ELO’s creation of a realm where rock and classical music could exist together.”

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