Hugh McDow­ell

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ELO cel­list BORN 1953

Hamp­stead-born Hugh McDow­ell had stud­ied at the Ye­hudi Menuhin School, the Royal Col­lege Of Mu­sic and the Guildhall, and played in or­ches­tras be­fore he joined the Elec­tric Light Orches­tra for their first live shows in 1972. A short sab­bat­i­cal in de­parted ELO co-leader Roy Wood’s Wiz­zard fol­lowed, but by 1973 he was back in ELO, and would add to the group’s baroque-Beatle­sesque ap­peal play­ing cello and syn­the­siz­ers on the al­bums El Do­rado, Face The Mu­sic, A New World Record and 1977’s big-sell­ing Out Of The Blue. Though McDow­ell and the ELO strings were ab­sent from 1979’s Dis­cov­ery, they did ap­pear on the al­bum’s videos. Hav­ing played ses­sions for the likes of David Car­ra­dine and Kiki Dee, McDow­ell’s post-ELO work in­cluded play­ing with for­mer band­mate Melvyn Gale, The Saints, The Ra­dio Stars, Asia and Saint Eti­enne. He also played with Bev Be­van’s Elec­tric Light Orches­tra Part Two in the early ’90s. Clive Prior

Many strings to his bow: Hugh McDow­ell, pur­veyor of cello-shaped en­light­en­ment.

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