Longtime Electric Light Orchestra Keyboardist Richard Tandy Dead At 76

Richard Tandy, the longtime keyboardist of the Electric Light Orchestra, has died at the age of 76.

ELO founder Jeff Lynne shared the news on social media.

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

Lynne also shared a number of photos and a video featuring him and Tandy in the post.

The British musician joined ELO in 1972 and was part of the band when it split in 1986.

Tandy began as ELO’s bass player and shortly switched over to keyboards.

Tandy was a multi-instrumentalist, whose palette of keyboards included Minimoog, Clavinet, Mellotron, and piano.

His keyboards were a key part in ELO’s sound, especially on the albums A New World Record, Out of the Blue, Discovery, and Time.

Tandy was the only past member to rejoin the band when Lynne revived the group as Jeff Lynne’s ELO in 2014.

Tandy was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2017 as a member of the Electric Light Orchestra.

Tandy’s first marriage was to Carol “Cookie”, which ended in divorce; he then married Sheila.

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