Sunday, 25 January 2015

Twin Sunday Sadness

The inside sleeve of "ELO II" (1973) featured Wilf Gibson (far left)
#838: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Yours Truly KJS was most saddened to read this morning (via my good friend Martin Kinch at Cherry Blossom Clinic) that early ELO violinist Wilf Gibson had passed away during October 2014. Wilf played during the very first Electric Light Orchestra gig alongside Roy Wood, Jeff Lynne and Bev Bevan at The Greyhound in Croydon on Sunday 16th April 1972 and contributed to both "ELO II" and "On The Third Day", although he was not credited on the latter following his departure from the band. You can read Martin's interesting interview with Wilf back in October 2003 here

My sadness was further compounded when I also discovered today that The BeatBack Brothers are to be no more. Craig Whale announced on Facebook this morning "that time (had) come to the end on the road" for Craig and his musical partner Adam Willetts after over eight years of gigging together in and round the Midlands. A final farewell performance is scheduled to take place at The Great Western in Bilston on Saturday 14th February. ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) has been proud to feature and support Craig and Adam in their various endeavours, be it in The BeatBack Brothers or their other projects Band On The Runn and Off The Ground in recent years.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 25-Jan-2015

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