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Apr 21 15 4:19 PM
By Chris Gerard on April 18, 2015 9. Electric Light Orchestra (1996)
With over 50 million albums sold and fifteen Top 20 singles, Electric Light Orchestra was one of the leading musical forces of the ’70s. Fronted by singer, songwriter and producer Jeff Lynne, ELO is known for its highly melodic, impeccably produced symphonic rock. Lynne has been the only constant member of the band, and he’s worked with a large rotating cast of collaborators on ELO projects over the years. The big breakthrough came with the glistening 1974 ballad “Can’t Get It Out of My Head.” The successful 1977 double-album Out of the Blue, loaded with great tunes like “Turn to Stone,” “Sweet Talkin’ Woman” and “Mr. Blue Sky,” is widely regarded as ELO’s artistic peak. Over three decades, the group has released 13 albums, including a span from 1975’s Face the Music through 1980’s Xanadu in which they scored five Top 10 albums in a row. Their highest charting single was “Don’t Bring Me Down,” which hit #4 in 1979, and their last substantial hit was “Calling America” in 1986. They’ve been more successful in the U.K., hitting the Top 10 fifteen times. Regarded as one of the finest producers in the business, Lynne has collaborated with numerous high-profile artists as producer, songwriter, and musician, but will always be remembered for his long string of sparkling and irresistibly catchy hits with Electric Light Orchestra.http://www.metroweekly.com/2015/04/top-25-artists-that-belong-in-the-rock-roll-hall-of-fame/4/
Apr 23 15 11:21 AM
Apr 23 15 5:13 PM
It’s not hard to find the irony when someone as private and reclusive as musician-producer Jeff Lynne is honored with a star on the Walk of Fame amongst one of the most tourist-populated streets in the world. Lynne is due to get his recognition in a ceremony set for April 23.
SEE MORE: From the April 21, 2015 issue of Variety
“I think it is marvelous,” says Lynne, who now resides in a sprawling mansion in Beverly Hills, complete with a world-class recording studio. “I never could have imagined this chap from Birmingham, England, would have his name on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. I know it’s a real populist thing and all that stuff, and it’s not usually my style, but you can’t turn that down! I am thrilled.”
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The public recognition of Lynne’s five decade-long career is overdue, most likely because he has avoided the spotlight since he stopped touring with Electric Light Orchestra nearly 30 years ago.
After spending most of the intervening time as a producer and songwriter with the likes of Tom Petty, Roy Orbison; ex-Beatles Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr; and with his own super-group, the Traveling Wilburys, Lynne is now ready to resurrect Electric Light Orchestra and return to the road.
“That is the plan we’ve been talking about for a couple of years,” Lynne says. After headlining a one-off charity show at Hyde Park in London attended by 50,000 last fall, Lynne had a featured spot on this year’s Grammy telecast, where he joined Ed Sheeran for runs through “Evil Woman” and “Mr. Blue Sky,” with the latter song later named the “most Shazamed” song of the kudocast.
“It’s probably the second (live televised performance) I’ve ever done in my life, or something ridiculous like that,” Lynne notes.
See More:Jeff Lynne Was Essential to Traveling Wilburys’ Hit Sounds
But perhaps most importantly, he is set to release the band’s first album since 2001’s “Zoom.” Lynne will then take to the road starting in the fall. All the members in his ELO are new, except for original keyboardist Richard Tandy.
“It’s going to be called Jeff Lynne’s ELO, which is how it will always be from now on,” he says, a reference to the long-touring band called the Orchestra, which other former ELO members continue to work with.
Lynne says the hardest part of preparing for live performances again was getting his posture back in shape. “I rehearsed on my own for a couple of weeks, first,” he says of the Grammy performance. “I had to practice standing up and playing guitar and singing at the same time, because I had been playing sitting down in a studio for, like, 30 years. I realized it is a whole different way of looking at the guitar when you are standing up. All you can only see is the top edge of the fret board. I had been used to sitting down on a stool and playing it. It is a totally different view of the guitar.”
Of course, with so many years out of the spotlight, Lynne could be forgiven for wondering just how much fan interest a return to concert stages would hold. Prior to his Hyde Park performance, Lynne appeared for a few songs at a different charity gig, and the response was highly encouraging.
“I had to go on this morning radio show (in London) in the morning. And the announcer asked me if I thought I would play anywhere again, and I said that if anyone wanted to hear it, yes I would. So, he announced on the radio, kind of jokingly, ‘Does anyone want to come to a Jeff Lynne concert?’ And the guy got over 20,000 phone calls and emails in the first half hour! So, that was a great confidence-boosting thing for me.”
He says the new Electric Light Orchestra album will show a more reflective and deeper side of his abilities as a songwriter and arranger. The change, he feels, came when recorded and released a solo album of mostly 1940s and ’50s pop classics and show tunes such as “Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered,” and “Love Is a Splendid Thing.”
“I learned so much from doing all those old songs on my last solo album, ‘Long Wave,’” Lynne says. “I was listening to Richard Rodgers and all these fantastic old songwriters from that era, and they were so clever. Musically, it would just amaze me. I was just marveling at how brilliantly (those songs) were constructed.”
Lynne’s legendary hits from his heyday with ELO in the 1970s have also been popping up everywhere, including high-profile movie soundtracks such as “American Hustle,” and national TV advertising campaigns, where songs like “Mr. Blue Sky” have been used repeatedly.
The versions being used, however, are not always the original ELO recordings. In 2012, Lynne painstakingly re-recorded his greatest hits from ELO, even though he has owned all the masters and the publishing on the original versions for years.
“I didn’t like the way they sounded,” he said. “I was totally faithful to the old songs. I didn’t change the songs or the arrangements. I did them exactly the same because what was wrong was the way I had produced. I really wasn’t too experienced then. I would rather hear them like this; I feel more comfortable listening to them like this than the old ones.”
Until the tour begins and the new ELO record is released, Lynne is happy to remain in his home studio making new recordings.
“That’s all I do, really,” he says laughing. “Maybe I’ll go out to dinner and meet me girlfriend. Then I come back and go in the studio again. I just love the studio. I can’t get enough of doing that, really.”
Apr 25 15 7:52 AM
By Steve Baltin | April 24, 2015 5:02 PM EDT
Jeff Lynne, of the Electric Light Orchestra and Travelling Wilbury's fame, poses on his just unveiled Hollywood Walk of Fame Star during a ceremony on April 23, 2015 in Hollywood, California, where he was joined by Tom Petty and Joe Walsh.
“I probably won’t get the giant head,” Jeff Lynne quips as he walks into a lounge at Capitol Records following the unveiling of his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday. “I’ll let you know in a week or so.”
That Lynne has to be concerned about this is forgivable. He has just spent half an hour listening to Tom Petty and Joe Walsh sing his praises at the ceremony. After Walsh called the ELO mastermind “a true musical genius” and “one of the greatest stars rock has ever produced,” Petty went even further. The rock icon called Lynne “the best overall musician I’ve ever met” and hailed Lynne as “the single greatest record producer I’ve ever encountered. Let’s put it this way, it says a lot when The Beatles get back together and George Martin can’t make it, they get Jeff Lynne.”
Jeff Lynne Working On New ELO Music, Will Play US Dates
The British producer, who's a favorite among musicians, made a triumphant return to the stage last September headlining Hyde Park for 50,000 fans. That was followed by a Grammy appearance this year. There's more on the way with the first new ELO album since 2001’s Zoom nearly completed, according to Lynne, with a tour following. Billboard spoke with Lynne about his Walk of Fame honor, his own self-doubts and memories of jamming to Elvis Presley as a kid in Birmingham, England.
Grammys 2015: Ed Sheeran Joins Jeff Lynne's ELO for 'Mr. Blue Sky'
Do you remember when you first heard about the Hollywood Walk of Fame?
I knew it existed because of film programs. I never knew that it had rock and roll on it until probably about 20 years ago. When you start seeing those names going down there it’s like, “Should I be here or what? Where’s the other Walk of Fame? Oh, that’s my one, down by the bins around the corner.” It was just so thrilling to think of all that and then having Tom and Joe say all those lovely things, it was very moving to me. You just think you’re doing your bit and you don’t realize that it’s appreciated that much.
Most musicians say respect from their peers is the best compliment.
It is the best compliment and I never used to produce anyone else until I did George Harrison’s Cloud Nine album. That was the first outside production I’ve done not doing my own songs, but doing somebody else’s and helping to co-write some of it. So it’s been about 27 years I’ve been producing other people and still making albums of my own as well. It means the world because I never knew if I was any good at all.
Are there moments where you started to get comfortable with what you’ve done and your sound?
Not really. I actually re-recorded an album, Mr. Blue Sky, which was like 10 or 11 of my hits re-recorded from scratch. And I loved doing that, I really enjoyed having another go at them because there were a few things I’ve always wanted to change. So playing it from scratch again is like the whole thing’s changed, but I tried to make it sound exactly the same, only fixed the bits I didn’t like.
So when you think about taking these songs back on tour, they’re all fresh for you and you’ve approached them all with a new perspective.
I find that they all change over the years. When you think, “What was that about? I thought it was about something else completely different.” And when you get maybe 25 years on and you look at it again you can see a whole different story in it, really a different thing from what you imagined in the first place.
Most artists don’t like to listen to their own material.
Oh, I do, to see where I went wrong and how I could do it again and that’s why I made the album, because I do listen to my own music maybe once every few months. It’s mainly not for anybody else’s benefit but mine. That’s why I do it really, just 'cause I think, “Oh, if only I’d put this harmony there instead of that.” And so I get a chance to try it, because I have my own studio so I can do it as long as I like without having to worry about it.
How is the new album coming?
It’s going really well and it’s nearly finished. And I don’t know how much more I can say about that. I’d love to tell you about it but I can’t just yet because it’s under wraps at the moment.
But I did see where you spoke about how recording Long Wave in 2012 allowed you to shift sonically on this album.
Learning all those wonderful old Richard Rodgers and fantastic songwriters like that, I started to learn the ways of their progressions and it just opened my mind to different chord progressions than there are in normal pop songs nowadays. Those old-fashioned chords diminished, augmented and all that, minor sixth, beautiful chords, which you don’t normally use in a pop song. So it’s given me another bit of help to get something different.
Were you always such a student of music?
I suppose. I didn’t know if I should be a drummer or a guitar player so I had this plastic Elvis guitar with the one string, that I found in somebody else’s closet by the way, and also my older sister used to have all of Elvis’ records. Whenever everybody was out I’d put the records on and play drums to them on a piano stool. So that was how I learned those songs, just by banging to [them] and pretending I was in the group. I suppose like everybody does really, but I think that’s what happened. I suppose I was learning all the while then by just about how the structure is; when you stop, when you start again, simple stuff.
Do you remember the first Elvis song that you played drums to?
I can’t because she used to have Elvis’ greatest hits -- 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong, that was a great album.
Is there a favorite Elvis song today?
I think my favorite Elvis one is probably “Anyway You Want Me.” My favorite recording, it’s only bass, drums, piano and a guitar, but it sounds enormous when it comes out of the speakers. Whoever recorded that, brilliant.
What is the timeline for your upcoming tour?
It’ll probably be next year.
What makes this the right time for you to do all this stuff publicly again?
It’s a mystery to me, but I think the fact we went on TV in England, did the Save The Children, a show in London, we topped that show and that went down fantastically well. Then the BBC asked us if we wanted to top the bill in Hyde Park for 50,000 people. I was like, “You’re kidding?” 'Cause the other one was just a 4,000-seater. I agreed to it obviously cause we did it and it was just fantastic and it was a real eye-opener. It wasn’t a weird crowd or anything, it was just young and middle-aged, everybody was there, everybody you could think of. So the music is still relevant to them, which is what I find amazing.
Does seeing these kids singing along and their energy reinvigorate you?
Oh absolutely, yeah. When you see these kids enjoying themselves so much and always waving their arms in the air, always singing, it’s marvelous.
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Apr 27 15 5:47 PM
TrekkiELO wrote:Congratulations, but now onto the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum 2015/2016 Class for the entire Electric Light Orchestra, like Richard Tandy, Bev Bevan, Roy Wood, Kelly Groucutt, Mik Kaminski, Mel Gale, Hugh McDowell, Louis Clark, Mike de Albuquerque, Wilfred Gibson and Mike Edwards, not just Jeff Lynne!
Wilfred Gibson (born 28 February 1942 — October 2014) was an English violinist who played in the band Electric Light Orchestra, and has 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 session musician has seen Gibson playing on numerous hits throughout the years, including "Right Back Where We Started From" by Maxine Nightingale in 1976, sometimes uncredited.
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.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right_Back_Where_We_Started_From_(album)
Apr 30 15 8:19 PM
Earlier this month, Electric Light Orchestra frontman Jeff Lynne got his own
star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Heavyweights like Tom Petty and Joe Walsh
were on hand to pay their respects to the musician, who recently put together a
new lineup of ELO and has hinted at future tour dates in America. They'll play
to enormous crowds, but for whatever reason Lynne remains the sole Traveling
Wilbury without his own Hall of Fame award. Maybe ELO were a little poppy and
eclectic for the tastemakers of their day, but we have a feeling they'll make it
into the Hall of Fame in the next few
Jun 25 15 5:14 PM
Jun 29 15 5:14 PM
On 11 September 2015, Eagle Rock Entertainment, in association with the BBC, release "Live At Hyde Park" by Jeff Lynne's ELO on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats. This release offers fantastic value with full length concert and feature length documentary on the same disc. The show from Hyde Park includes "Mr Blue Sky," "Sweet Talkin' Woman," "Livin' Thing," "Evil Woman," "Telephone Line," "Don't Bring Me Down," "Showdown," "Roll Over Beethoven," "10358 Overture," "Can't Get It Out Of My Head," "Strange Magic" and many more! The Electric Light Orchestra, led by one of rock's most iconic songwriters and producers, Jeff Lynne, are one of the most successful bands of all time with global sales of over 50 million albums. In September 2014, Jeff Lynne's ELO headlined BBC Radio 2's "Festival In A Day" in London's famous Hyde Park. It was the first time in almost 30 years that the band had performed on a festival stage. Jeff Lynne said, "It seemed like the entire 50,000 were singing and clapping along, which carried on for the whole night. The Hyde Park concert turned out to be one of the most memorable shows ever for me." The critics agreed, with The Times of London saying it was 'near perfect' in their 5-star review and the Evening Standard marveling that 'ELO still have the power to flick switches' in their 4-star review. Neil McCormick of the Telegraph noted how "fifty thousand grown men and women sang along in joyous rapture to some of the greatest pop music ever heard." As well as the full "Live At Hyde Park" show, the Bonus Features offer the feature length documentary "Mr Blue Sky - The Story Of Jeff Lynne and ELO" and also new interviews filmed at Hyde Park. Jeff Lynne has been involved every step of the way with every aspect of this production, especially the audio delivery, saying: "It's important to me that viewers experience the Hyde Park show exactly as it was performed on the night...in stereo." TRACKLISTING 01) All Over The World 02) Evil Woman 03) Ma-Ma-Ma Belle 04) Showdown 05) Livin' Thing 06) Strange Magic 07) 10538 Overture 08) Can't Get It Out Of My Head 09) Sweet Talkin' Woman 10) Turn To Stone 11) Steppin' Out 12) Handle With Care 13) Don't Bring Me Down 14) Rock 'n' Roll Is King 15) Telephone Line 16) Mr Blue Sky 17) Roll Over Beethoven This show was a truly special moment that will live on in fans' memories forever - the 50,000 tickets for the event had sold out in a matter of minutes and the fans sang along to hit after hit performed by Jeff Lynne and the band accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra. "Live At Hyde Park" by Jeff Lynne's ELO will be cherished by all who love this truly important band.
Aug 6 15 7:56 AM
I will eventually change the title of this thread to "Electric Light Orchestra" as soon as its original article comes to pass, oh, wait, forget that, WTH, I'll change it now!
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Charles Crossley Jr wrote:. . . and I'm responding to this post over here because, well. . . .Adding Roger McGuinn, Hank Marvin, Mark Knopfler, Bonnie Tyler, Tom Jones and Jeff Lynne. . . wait. . . . Now, do you already have all these things listed out and you're just feeding them to me piecemeal, or are you passing them along as you're finding them. If you have them all listed out, with references and everything, it would be easier for me if you'd just list them with references. If you have them listed, but you didn't add in the references (which is like what I do almost all the time) and you're now looking for the references, or if you're just passing them along as you find them, that's understandable.
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Aug 8 15 8:46 AM
Charles Crossley Jr wrote:I'm replying to this post from Song of the Day over here. Otherwise, we're turning all the threads into ELO threads!I knew Sam Smith pulled a "George Harrison" with Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down", but I didn't know that Jeff Lynne co-wrote that song. I'll add Smith.As for Ed Sheeran, I'll need something more than "I love that group."Who is Neil Nathan?
Well, Ed Sheeran collaborated with Jeff Lynne's ELO onstage while he sang "Mr. Blue Sky" co-lead vocals at The 2015 GRAMMYs after introducing them as "A man and band that I love", Shania Twain said something similar, "I love ELO!", in an interview and you put her on there.
Dave Grohl also collaborated with Jeff Lynne at The 2014 GRAMMYs Beatle Tribute Special on "Bulldog".
As for Neil Nathan https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Nathan
Aug 8 15 9:40 AM
TrekkiELO wrote:Charles Crossley Jr wrote:I'm replying to this post from Song of the Day over here. Otherwise, we're turning all the threads into ELO threads!I knew Sam Smith pulled a "George Harrison" with Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down", but I didn't know that Jeff Lynne co-wrote that song. I'll add Smith.As for Ed Sheeran, I'll need something more than "I love that group."Who is Neil Nathan?Well, Ed Sheeran collaborated with Jeff Lynne's ELO onstage while he sang "Mr. Blue Sky" co-lead vocals at The 2015 GRAMMYs after introducing them as "A man and band that I love", Shania Twain said something similar, "I love ELO!", in an interview and you put her on there.Dave Grohl also collaborated with Jeff Lynne at The 2014 GRAMMYs Beatle Tribute Special on "Bulldog".As for Neil Nathan https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Nathan
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Charles,You had yet to add Bob Dylan and Roy Orbison as of your latest list http://ourrockandrollhalloffame71305.yuku.com/reply/29902/Predictions-2015-Guess-September-2015-Nominee-Ballo#reply-29902 after being reminded by me before the above post! Then also add Atomic Kitten because they did a "Last Train to London" cover/sample with "Be With You" in 2002...
PS-Please put this Electric Light Orchestra influence update under my thread here without references just for starters, thanks.
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