Louis Clark
Clark in 2017
Clark in 2017
Background information
Born(1947-02-27)27 February 1947
OriginKempston, Bedfordshire, England
Died13 February 2021(2021-02-13) (aged 73)
Elyria, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsKeyboards
Years active1974–2021
Associated actsElectric Light Orchestra, ELO Part II, The Orchestra, Renaissance, Annie Haslam, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Raymond Froggatt

Louis Clark (27 February 1947 – 13 February 2021) was an English music arranger and keyboard player. He trained at Leeds College of Music. He is best known for his work with Electric Light Orchestra and Hooked on Classics. Clark started out as a bass guitarist for Birmingham band The Buccaneers, who later became Monopoly and eventually The Raymond Froggatt Band.[1]

Electric Light Orchestra

Clark in 2018 at the soundcheck of The Orchestra
Clark in 2018 at the soundcheck of The Orchestra

Clark was the conductor and arranger of the orchestra and choir hired to back Electric Light Orchestra's sound, introduced on their album Eldorado in 1974. He assisted Jeff Lynne and Richard Tandy in writing the string arrangements for the studio albums Eldorado, Face the Music, A New World Record, Out of the Blue, Discovery and Xanadu. He later played synthesizers for ELO during their Time tour. In 1983 he returned to arranging and conducting the strings on the Secret Messages album, and in 1986 he played keyboards again with the band on their small number of live dates.

Later he also joined the tour for ELO Part II in celebration of the band's 25th anniversary. He continued to work with ELO successor group The Orchestra.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

In 1977, Clark arranged the music of Renaissance for their Albert Hall concert with the RPO.

In the early 1980s, he conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on a series of records under the title Hooked on Classics. In 1985, he again worked with Renaissance singer Annie Haslam and the band's lyricist Betty Thatcher with the RPO to produce the album "Still Life". In 1982, he released the album "The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays the Queen Collection", recorded by the Solid Rock Foundation. In 1983, he released the album "The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays Beatles Collection", recorded by the Solid Rock Foundation, at the 20th Concerto Anniversary of The Beatles, having as guest artists Joan Collins, Elena Duran, Honor Hefferman and Roy Wood.

English Pops Orchestra

In 2011 Louis Clark was made president of the English Pops Orchestra, and returned to performing Hooked on Classics 'LIVE' with the EPO using many of the players that recorded the original albums.

Library music for television, commercials and radio

From the late 70's and through the 80's Clark composed library music for the production company Bruton Music. Some of the music was, and sometimes still is, used for television, TV commercials (Cadbury's Flake, Nescafe) and radio (jingles for LBC). In 1980 he arranged the strings for the songs in the film The Apple, a musical that was critically derided as one of the worst films ever made but has since gained cult status.

Other associated acts

Besides ELO, Louis Clark worked as an arranger for many other rock and pop artists:

With Roy Orbison

With Ozzy Osbourne

With Roy Wood

With Kelly Groucutt

With America

With Kiki Dee

With Carl Wayne

With Juan Martin

With Asia

With Mike Berry

With Simone

With Renaissance

With City Boy

Among others are UB40, Jon Spencer, Iris Williams and more recently Air Supply.

Discography

Sourced from Louis Clark's official website - all albums performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra unless otherwise stated.

Compilations:

Death

Louis Clark died on 13 February 2021 in Elyria, Ohio, fourteen days short from his 74th birthday. His death at the age of 73 was announced by his wife, Gloria, on his Facebook page. No cause of death was revealed, but he had been ill for months and had suffered from kidney issues.[7][8][9][10] In her post announcing his death, his wife Gloria wrote, "He passed very peacefully surrounded by love. 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. He was a good man, loved by many and will be greatly missed by all. We want to thank family, friends and fans who have always loved and supported him."[11][12]

References

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 April 2015. Retrieved 23 April 2015.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Louis Clark – Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 February 2021.
  3. ^ Marchese, Joe (12 March 2015). "Don't Go Breaking Her Heart: Kiki Dee's Rocket Albums Expanded and Reissued By Edsel". The Second Disc. Retrieved 14 February 2021.
  4. ^ a b Lasserre, Vincent (28 September 2017). La saga de Roy Wood – Brumbeat forever. Camion Blanc. ISBN 9782357799899.
  5. ^ a b Van der Kiste, John (21 January 2017). Jeff Lynne: Electric Light Orchestra – Before and After. Fonthill Media.
  6. ^ Van der Kiste, John (1985). Gramophone. Vol. 63. General Gramophone Publications Limited. p. 420.
  7. ^ Louis Clark, Who Orchestrated ELO and Later ‘Hooked on Classics,’ Dies
  8. ^ Louis Clark, ELO Arranger and Conductor, Reportedly Dies at 73
  9. ^ Face The Music Online
  10. ^ Louis Clark obituary
  11. ^ Gloria Bentley Clark on Facebook
  12. ^ Louis Clark obituary