Wilfred Gibson

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This article is about the violinist. For the poet, see Wilfrid Wilson Gibson. For the police officer, see Wilford Gibson.
Wilfred Gibson
Birth name Wilfred Gibson
Born 28 February 1942
Origin Dilston, Northumberland, England
Died 21 October 2014 (aged 72) [1]
Genres Rock
Classical music
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Violin
Labels Harvest Records, Zah Zah Records
Associated acts Electric Light Orchestra
London Session Orchestra
Berkeley Square Society Band
Website Musical career

Wilfred Gibson (born 28 February 1942 — 21 October 2014)[1] was an English violinist who played in the band Electric Light Orchestra, and had performed as a session musician.

Gibson was born in Dilston, Northumberland. He replaced original ELO violinist Steve Woolam in 1972 and performed in their first live concert. He later made contributions to the ELO II album and performed on the hit singles "Roll Over Beethoven", "Showdown" and "Ma-Ma-Ma Belle" playing alongside cellists Colin Walker and Mike Edwards. He was replaced in 1973 by Mik Kaminski allegedly due to a payment dispute. His work as a sometimes uncredited session musician has seen Gibson playing on numerous hits throughout the years, including - as strings arranger - "Right Back Where We Started From" by Maxine Nightingale in 1976.

In 1989 he was the violinist in the BBC Radio 3 musical drama Notes from Janàcek's Diary.

He also contributed to the Hothouse Flowers album Home (1990), and to The Beloved's Happiness (1995) as well as appearing on the Oasis hit "Whatever".

He was one of the ten members of Alan Gout's Berkeley Square Society Band, which plays 1920s and 1930s music, and released an album Gershwin In London Town on the Zah Zah record label in 1998.

In 1999 he played on the musical soundtrack for the film, The Last September.

Gibson died in 2014 after a short illness.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ a b The Facebook companion to the Showdown List, the official mailing list for all things ELO (Electric Light Orchestra) and Jeff Lynne.
  2. ^ "Wilf Gibson Interview by Martin Kinch". Cherryblossomclinic.x10.mx. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  3. ^ "A Jeff Lynne And Related Blog: Wilf Gibson". Unofficialjefflynne.blogspot.com.au. 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  4. ^ "Sifu Wilfred Gibson - Tai Chi". Taichi.grok.co.uk. 2014-10-21. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 

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