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ELO Arranger & Conductor Louis Clark Dead At 73

Louis Clark, the arranger and conductor for Electric Light Orchestra, died on Saturday, February 12. He was 73.

The musician’s wife, Gloria, announced the news in a message on Facebook.

“He passed very peacefully surrounded by love,” she wrote. “This morning he watched premier league soccer and listened to the Beatles, two things he loved. This afternoon I told him I loved him, he said I love you too, and we kissed. He was gone five minutes later. We love this man forever and always.”

Clark was born on February 27, 1947 in Kempston, England. He first collaborated with ELO on their 1974 LP, Eldorado, conducting the orchestra and collaborating with singer-songwriter Jeff Lynne and keyboardist Richard Tandy on the arrangements.

He continued with the band across multiple albums, including 1975’s Face the Music, 1976’s A New World Record, 1977’s Out of the Blue, and 1979’s Discovery.

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