Electric Light OrchestraBritish rock group. Formed 1970
Electric Light Orchestra Biography (Wikipedia)
The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) are an English rock band formed in Birmingham in 1970 by songwriters-multi-instrumentalists Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood with drummer Bev Bevan. Their music is characterised by a fusion of Beatlesque pop, classical arrangements and futuristic iconography. After Wood's departure in 1972, Lynne became the band's sole leader, arranging and producing every album while writing nearly all of their original material. For their initial tenure, Lynne, Bevan and keyboardist Richard Tandy were the group's only consistent members.
ELO was formed out of Lynne's and Wood's desire to create modern rock and pop songs with classical overtones. It derived as an offshoot of Wood's previous band, the Move, of which Lynne and Bevan were also members. During the 1970s and 1980s, ELO released a string of top 10 albums and singles, including two LPs that reached the top of British charts: the disco-inspired Discovery (1979) and the science-fiction-themed concept album Time (1981). In 1986, Lynne lost interest in the band and disbanded the group. Bevan responded by forming his own band, ELO Part II, which later became the Orchestra. After a brief reunion from 2000–01, ELO remained largely inactive until 2014, when Lynne re-formed the band again with Tandy as Jeff Lynne's ELO.
- Jeff Lynne: "When we played Radio 2 In Hyde Park I didn't think people would stay for us!"https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05mgrvb.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05mgrvb.jpg2017-11-08T18:32:00.000ZSimon hears about the gig that convinced Jeff Lynne's ELO they still had a fanbase.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05mfwv6
Jeff Lynne: "When we played Radio 2 In Hyde Park I didn't think people would stay for us!"
- Jeff Lynne's ELO - Glastonbury 2016 Highlightshttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03zkfwj.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03zkfwj.jpg2016-07-26T22:59:00.000ZIt's blue skies all round with Jeff Lynne's ELO. The rock icons had the crowd going wild.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p0414zxh
Jeff Lynne's ELO - Glastonbury 2016 Highlights
- Where do you go after playing the 'legends' slot at Glastonbury? Jeff reveals all...https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03zkfwb.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03zkfwb.jpg2016-06-27T08:08:00.000ZAfter an explosive set at Glastonbury ELO's Jeff Lynne announces a special show next yearhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03zmjtb
Where do you go after playing the 'legends' slot at Glastonbury? Jeff reveals all...
- 'There were some characters in the first few rows'https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03zlp07.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03zlp07.jpg2016-06-27T03:20:00.000ZFresh off-stage, Jeff Lynne tells Jo Whiley about his first Glasto experience.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03zlp0p
'There were some characters in the first few rows'
- Orchestral Opulence, Polished Pophttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03zlk1d.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03zlk1d.jpg2016-06-27T02:05:00.000ZThe unstoppable story of Jeff Lynne's ELOhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03zlk2s
Orchestral Opulence, Polished Pop
- Jeff Lynne's ELO to play Glastonbury 2016https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03h64vy.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03h64vy.jpg2016-02-01T08:57:00.000ZJeff Lynne's ELO to play the Pyramid stage at this year's Glastonbury Festival.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03h653m
Jeff Lynne's ELO to play Glastonbury 2016
Electric Light Orchestra Tracks