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Electric Light Orchestra

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The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) are an English rock band formed in Birmingham in 1970 by songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood with drummer Bev Bevan. Their music is characterised by a fusion of 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. Apart from a brief reunion in the early 2000s, ELO remained largely inactive until 2014, when Lynne re-formed the band with Tandy as Jeff Lynne's ELO.During ELO's original 13-year period of active recording and touring, they sold over 50 million records worldwide, and collected 19 CRIA, 21 RIAA, and 38 BPI awards. From 1972 to 1986, ELO accumulated 27 top 40 songs on the UK Singles Chart, and fifteen top 20 songs on the US Billboard Hot 100. The band also holds the record for having the most Billboard Hot 100 top 40 hits (20) without a number one single of any band in US chart history. In 2017, the key members of ELO (Wood, Lynne, Bevan and Tandy) were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Articles

February 14, 2022

Super Bowl Synch Report: Sony Leads Music Publishers In Showdown of Older, Upbeat Tracks

Marketers went for more recognizable synchs this year, including classics by Ray Charles, the Staple Singers and Electric Light Orchestra.

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Discs

ELO 50th Anniversary Vol. 2

November 12, 2021

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ELO 50th Anniversary Vol. 1

November 5, 2021

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Ballads

October 29, 2021

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Vocoder

October 22, 2021

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Jeff Lynne's ELO - From Out Of Nowhere

November 1, 2019

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Time of Our Life

October 25, 2019

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From Out of Nowhere

September 26, 2019

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Jeff Lynne's ELO - Wembley or Bust

November 17, 2017

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Evil Woman (Live at Wembley Stadium)

November 10, 2017

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Telephone Line (Live at Wembley Stadium)

November 3, 2017

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Xanadu (Live at Wembley Stadium)

October 27, 2017

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Turn to Stone (Live at Wembley Stadium)

October 6, 2017

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Jeff Lynne's ELO - Alone in the Universe

November 13, 2015

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One Step at a Time

October 30, 2015

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When the Night Comes

October 16, 2015

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When I Was a Boy

September 25, 2015

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Electric Light Orchestra Live

April 22, 2013

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Zoom

June 12, 2001

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Balance of Power

February 17, 1986

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Secret Messages

June 15, 1983

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Time

August 1, 1981

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Discovery

May 31, 1979

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Out of the Blue

January 1, 1977

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A New World Record

September 1, 1976

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Face the Music

October 1, 1975

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Eldorado

September 1, 1974

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On the Third Day

November 1, 1973

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Electric Light Orchestra II

January 1, 1973

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No Answer

January 1, 1971

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