For some reason this missed my eyes and ears, but last Friday, Mike Edwards died in what might be one of the biggest freak accidents ever, at the age of 62. Edwards was a cellist for one of my favorite bands, Electric Light Orchestra, who were around in the 1970′s-1990′s. Who is Electric Light Orchestra you might ask? Well by the mid-1970s, they had become one of the biggest selling bands. From 1972 to 1986, ELO accumulated 27 Top 40 hit singles in both the UK and the US. The group also scored 20 Top 20 U.K. hit singles, as well as 19 Top 20 hit singles in the U.S. Billboard charts. The band also holds the record for having the most Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 hits of any band in US chart history without ever having a number one single. So yeah, they’re pretty awesome.
So back to Edwards, the musician was killed instantly on Friday while driving when his van was struck by a 1300 pound (circular) bale of hay that had somehow rolled down a sloping hill. The bale of hay struck his car with such force, that his car was pushed into another car.
Needless to say I will be blasting ELO all day, here are some tracks to get you started on your new love of an amazing band, showcasing their incredible diversity.