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Richard Tandy (born 26 March 1948, Birminghammarker, Englandmarker) is best known as the keyboard player in the rock band, Electric Light Orchestra ("ELO"). His palette of keyboards (including Mini Moog, clavinet, mellotron, and piano) was an important ingredient in the group's sound, notably on the albums A New World Record, Out of the Blue, Discovery, and Time.

A former pupil of Moseley Schoolmarker, where he first met future bandmate Bev Bevan, Tandy would later be reunited with Bevan in 1968 when he played the harpsichord on The Move's number one chart-topper "Blackberry Way". Later, in 1972, Tandy was the bass player in the first live line-up of ELO, then switching to keyboards when Jeff Lynne decided that their live sound needed improvement. Tandy was often seen on stage playing the keyboards, with bass pedals under his feet. As well as ELO, he has collaborated musically with Jeff Lynne on many projects, among them songs for the Electric Dreams soundtrack and Lynne's solo album Armchair Theatre. Tandy's playing has been loosely compared to that of Tony Banks, by some with the patch engineering quality of Tomita. Before joining ELO Tandy played with the groups The Uglys and Balls. In 1986 Tandy formed the Tandy Morgan Band featuring Dave Morgan and Martin Smith, both of whom had worked with ELO in concert.

Tandy featured on all ELO albums with their first. He was also credited as co/arranger on the album Eldorado onwards. He is generally regarded as important as Jeff Lynne and Louis Clark when it came to the final sound of the band on recordings. Some of the ideas for the ELO album titles thought up by Tandy were A New World Record, Out of the Blue, and Discovery.


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