Colin Walker (cellist)

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Colin Walker
Colin Walker elo.jpg
Background information
Born (1949-07-08) 8 July 1949 (age 65)
Origin Minchinhampton, England
Genres Rock music
Classical music
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Cello
Labels Harvest Records
Associated acts Electric Light Orchestra
Website Musical career

Colin Walker (born 8 July 1949) is an English cellist.

Walker was born in Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire and was educated at Marling School in Stroud and the Royal Academy of Music in London. By his own admission, his greatest regret was not playing on The Beatles' Eleanor Rigby (Haines, Guttenbacher, and Petersdorff 2000). He joined the Electric Light Orchestra in 1972 on cello at the suggestion of violinist Wilfred Gibson and made his debut with ELO at the Reading Festival in 1972.[citation needed] Walker contributed cello to ELO 2, the single Showdown, named by John Lennon as one of his favourite singles, and half of On the Third Day, but left the band in 1973 to get married.[citation needed]

After his departure from ELO, he reverted to teaching and played cello on the track "Fool's Gold", a track on the album "Thought Talk" by Starry Eyed and Laughing (Haines, Guttenbacher, and Petersdorff 2000).

He is now playing cello in the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, central London.[citation needed]


  • Haines, Marc, Patrik Guttenbacher, and Alexander von Petersdorff. 2000. "Colin Walker, Cello"., Fanclub für Electric Light Orchestra und alle verwandten Musik-Gruppen und Künstler.