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Oct 30 16 8:24 AM
1. Electric Light Orchestra-20, side note, ELO did hit #1 on Radio & Records (R&R) July 6th, 1979 with "Shine a Little Love", but in most people's minds this does not count!2. Journey-18
Are both 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees for 2017 induction!
Nov 5 16 7:41 AM
1. Electric Light Orchestra-20, side note, ELO did hit #1 on Radio & Records (R&R) July 6th, 1979 with "Shine a Little Love", but in most people's minds this does not count!2. Journey-18Are both 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees for 2017 induction!
Nov 5 16 12:10 PM
Charles Crossley Jr wrote:TrekkiELO wrote:
1. Electric Light Orchestra-20, side note, ELO did hit #1 on Radio & Records (R&R) July 6th, 1979 with "Shine a Little Love", but in most people's minds this does not count!2. Journey-18Are both 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees for 2017 induction!Fats Domino had 36 top 40 hits without reaching #1 on the Hot 100. For awhile, I thought it went Fats Domino, ELO and CCR (12). I didn't know about Journey.
Also, James Brown.
Then there's The Who (16) The Impressions (17) and Aerosmith was also up there with 19 when their 20th Top 40 single "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" from Armageddon hit #1 in 1998!
Nov 5 16 12:25 PM
Impact: Impressive run of hits through the '70s and early '80s, many of which are still well-known and loved, plus a string of hit albums. Big enough that when one says, "ELO," there's no ambiguity as to whom it refers, and (hopefully) no confusion that it's a acronym used in text messages and online discussion.
Innovation: An act where they may not have pioneered any one particular element of their sound, but the proportions and overall finesse, ...not unlike a culinary recipe, is as unique and instantly identifiable as Colonel Sanders.
Influence: Between the popularity of Electric Light Orchestra and the continuation and success of Jeff Lynne as a producer, it's not a huge stretch to say they had some influence over a lot of acts that came after and on latter-day efforts of established artists.
Intangibles: It can be nothing but an asset to their merit to remember that John Lennon himself said that had the Beatles not broken up, they probably would have sounded like Electric Light Orchestra. Additionally, Jeff Lynne's extraneous work as a producer, and possibly even as a member of the Traveling Wilburys, adds to the overall weight of ELO's worth and presence on the ballot.
Nov 5 16 12:30 PM
http://acculturated.com/elo-rock-roll-hall-of-fame/Thu. October 27
Put ELO in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
By Jack Butler
Last week, the Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its nominees for induction into 2017’s Hall of Fame class. The Hall of Fame is famously subjective, and one could make a case for any of the candidates, all giants of Boomer culture: the group Yes popularized progressive rock; Journey perfected arena rock; Tupac defined West Coast hip hop. But by far the most-deserving nominee this year is the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO).
ELO formed in 1970, hoping to pick up where the just-disbanded Beatles had left off. Founded by Jeff Lynne, Bev Bevan, and Roy Wood, ELO sought to fuse the raucous energy and bold experimentation of rock with the refined musicality of classical orchestration. Even the band’s name suggests this goal. “Light orchestras” were smaller string sections then common in the group’s native United Kingdom; the “electric” reflected the group’s desire to throw guitars into the mix. Though ELO went through many stylistic and personnel changes—Wood left shortly after formation, and only Lynne and Wood remained in the group during its entire original 1970-1986 run—its work largely lived up to this founding mission.
The most technically impressive aspects of the band’s discography come from this successful fusion of classic music and rock. This started with “10538 Overture,” the group’s debut single, in which a simple, hypnotic opening guitar riff is joined by strings and horns. Other examples abound throughout the band’s discography, though a few stand out. Take ELO’s rollicking, bravura cover of Chuck Berry’s “Roll Over Beethoven,” which combines up-tempo rock riffs with recreations of snippets from Beethoven’s actual work. Or “Rockaria!,” which alternates in both music and lyrics between opera and rock, which eventually reach a culminating fusion. Like the Beatles before them, ELO did what some thought impossible: they merged classical music and rock. That alone merits a spot in Cleveland.
But ELO advanced rock in other ways as well. In 1974, ELO produced an entry in the still-nascent genre of the rock concept album with the musically lush and lyrically rich Eldorado. Working with a full orchestra, ELO produced songs that both stand alone as fantastic hits (“Can't Get It Out of My Head” and “Boy Blue”), and, when listened to in sequence, tell the story of a daydreamer who gets lost in his own fantasy world (as in “Poor Boy [The Greenwood]” while failing to keep reality completely at bay (as in “Laredo Tornado”). And in 1981, ELO released Time, another concept album. Time exchanged Eldorado’s orchestra for an artfully-played synthesizer, and moved its narrative from a fantasy realm to an imagined future. Bouncing from propulsive synth-pop (“Another Heart Breaks”) to soulful melancholia (“Ticket to the Moon”), it’s just as skillfully-produced.
ELO, of course, wasn’t just an art rock band. The group’s classical foundations produced irresistible symphonic pop rock that yielded twenty top-forty U.S. hits. Songs such as “Evil Woman,” “Telephone Line (the most Beatle-esque non-Beatles song),” “Do Ya,” “Mr. Blue Sky,” and others remain in regular rotation on classic rock radio (and in movies and TV), for a reason. ELO has also sold 50 million albums worldwide, and at peak fame in 1978 had the most successful tour up to that time. For combining artistry and accessibility, it’s hard to beat ELO.
The clearest evidence, however, that ELO succeeded in its mission to pick up where the Beatles left off—and, therefore, deserves a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame—is one simple fact: The Beatles agree. John Lennon so enjoyed the ELO hit “Showdown” that he named the group “Son of Beatles.” Jeff Lynne, ELO’s primary creative force after Wood’s departure, was part of the rock supergroup the Traveling Wilburys, with George Harrison (and Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and Roy Orbison). Shortly thereafter, Lynne produced Harrison’s 1987 comeback album Cloud Nine, and would later produce Paul McCartney’s well-regarded 1997 album Flaming Pie. And when, in the 1990s, the surviving Beatles wanted to use some John Lennon demo tapes as the foundation for two new Beatles songs (“Free as a Bird” and “Real Love”), they hired Jeff Lynne to produce.
For all of these reasons and more, ELO deserves inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. You can vote for ELO here. And you should. Disagree with me all you like, but how can you disagree with The Beatles?
Nov 11 16 3:28 AM
Nov 11 16 7:07 PM
TaupinCetera wrote:5 Reasons Electric Light Orchestra Should Be in the Hall of Famehttp://ultimateclassicrock.com/electric-light-orchestra-hall-of-fame/
PS-To everyone else I've been updating the page 17 list of who would vote for Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) on their Rock Hall ballot, please check it out.
Nov 16 16 8:49 PM
http://observer.com/2016/10/the-2017-rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame-nominees-are-a-disgrace-to-music/So, here are the new nominees, along with my handicapping of the likelihood of these artists getting voted into the Hall this time around. Please note: This is not based on who I think belongs in “a” Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; it’s based on who I think this Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the deeply flawed and biased organization that presently exists, will vote in. (For those not familiar with gambling odds, it works out this way: 1/5 means a 5/6 shot that X will get into the Hall of Fame, meaning they’ve got a good chance.)
In order, and remember, there are only five slots:
Electric Light Orchestra are pretty much the stone-cold lock in this year’s nominating class. Although I find Jeff Lynne’s I-wish-I-wish-I-wish I could have been in the Fabs act tiresome and offensive, he can write a helluva tune, he understands drama in production and arrangement, and best of all, the amazing Roy Wood, co-founder of ELO, gets to slip into the Hall, too.
Nov 17 16 2:09 PM
Nov 20 16 6:59 AM
Underground Democrat wrote:When will the inductees be announced?
Well, all Rock Hall ballots for 2017 induction are due back on Thursday, December 15th, 2016, so sometime thereafter, probably before Christmas or after January 1st.
Nov 20 16 7:50 AM
Nov 22 16 11:59 AM
1. Electric Light Orchestra I had never heard of them until I was in my teens and working in a restaurant, and the cooks there exposed me to them. Not a band I've taken to collecting though, but I love their overall general sound. Favorite song: "Hold On Tight" Merit rank: 6 Average of ranks: 3.5
Nov 22 16 12:28 PM
PS-But Troy L. Smith, Electric Light Orchestra was among your Rock & Roll Hall of Fame so-called snubs who shouldn't be inducted, remember?
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Nov 26 16 1:38 PM
"Thank you Eddie Trunk along with your audience by coming though for my guy's in Jeff Lynne's ELO, an all-time favorite band of mine!"
He even liked my Tweet.
"Here it is! Picked by you & me on Trunk Nation today. My official R&R HOF ballot. This was TOUGH! Thanks for all the calls. Was a fun one!"
"My votes on R&R HOF have nothing to do w/ my personal taste. It's about influence &how long bands have been snubbed &what my audience thinks"
PS-Hey Charles & DarinRG, how come you two don't follow me on Twitter?!
Nov 28 16 9:21 PM
Multifactor authentication ensures votes are cast legitimately, while top-of-the-line encryption protects fan voter privacy and anonymity.Featuring 100% accuracy and transparency throughout the entire fan vote process, Votem removes any potential for human error or controversy caused by miscounting or mishandling votes.
Featuring 100% accuracy and transparency throughout the entire fan vote process, Votem removes any potential for human error or controversy caused by miscounting or mishandling votes.
The Rock Hall updated the vote totals after an internal “audit,” likely prompted by a tweet from Journey which suggested the poll may have been “hacked” after their lead over E.L.O. shrank from 5,000 votes to 2,000 votes over the course of a week.
What kind of polling operation holds onto 40% of votes for a month and then releases them all at once with little explanation? Certainly not one that supposedly features “100% accuracy and transparency.” This is the same “transparent” poll that didn’t show vote totals for over a week after voting started. This is the same poll that promises “voter privacy and anonymity,” but then sneakily registers you for the Rock Hall newsletter when you vote with your email address.
This is the same polling company that is supposed to “remove any potential for controversy.” (Did the Rock Hall actually pay for this service?)
As Steve Miller said about the Rock Hall back in the spring, “I think it’s time for the people running this to turn it over to new people, because it doesn’t need to be this difficult.”
Votem did not respond to questions regarding their poll methodology.
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