Mike Edwards (musician)
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Mike Edwards (31 May 1948 - 3 September 2010) was an English cellist.
He played as a member of the Electric Light Orchestra from their first live gig in 1972 until he departed in January 1975 of his own choosing, to become a Buddhist. He changed his name to Deva Pramada because of his religious convictions. His eccentric cello playing (Fingering the cello strings with an orange or grapefruit) and bizarre costumes were a major ingredient of the early ELO touring band. Mike's Live 'party piece' was The Dying Swan where he would perform a cello solo and ultimately his cello would 'explode'. His cello playing contributed to the albums ELO II, On the Third Day, The Night The Light Went On (In Long Beach) and Eldorado, He was replaced as cellist by Melvyn Gale
Mike Edwards died on 3 September 2010 in a tragic accident.