Former ELO and Wizzard cellist Hugh McDowell has died at age 65 following a battle with most cancers.
McDowell joined Jeff Lynne’s band in 1972 when he was solely 19 years previous. One 12 months later, he made his recording debut on the group's sophomore album, ELO 2. He left the band to affix Roy Wood in Wizzard, however returned to ELO till 1980. He's credited on albums Eldorado, Face the Music, A New World Record and 1977’s double-LP, Out of the Blue.
Until his dying McDowell performed with numerous teams and classical music ensembles, and was featured as a visitor on recordings by Mel Gale, Asia and Geoff Downes amongst others. He additionally did movie and theatre preparations for numerous artists and labored with pc programming. He created the music composition program, Fractal Music Composer, in 1992.