Jeffrey Lynne is an English songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist born in 1947 in Birmingham. He gained fame in the 80’s under the pseudonyms Otis and Clayton Wilbury, co-founder of “Traveling Wilburys”, together with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Roy Orbison. But it’s his leading 1970s group, Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) that brought him global recognition, its harmonic-alien-sounds being an inspiration for major groups such as Super Furry Animals
or Daft Punk.
About Jeff Lynne’s ELO
ELO’s success wasn’t out of the blue
ELO stood out of the crowd with its outstanding fusion of electrical and classical music, which Lynne knew exactly how to mould. The symphonic sound was catchy and unique, and people loved it. 1973’s album, “ELO2” and the following “On the Third Day”, “Eldorado” and “Face the Music” were all marked by Lynne’s personal style, while he was a one-man show, being a producer, songwriter and the leading singer of the group.
It was the 1977 album “Out of the Blue” that has propelled ELO on the pinnacle of success, blowing the charts. During the following years, the band was unstoppable – the 1978 world tour is one to me remembered for the “space ship” show with its impressive lighting and the surreal set, while the following year, the album “Discovery” held the No.1 position in UK charts for no more than five weeks.
After 30 years
The Beattle-ish sound of the band made waves in the 70’s and 80’s, while Lynne also released two solo albums, dedicating himself to the art of producing music. It was at the end of the 80’s when he co-founded the superband, “Travelling Wilburys”, releasing two albums produced by Lynne and George Harrison. Electric Light Orchestra was somehow forgotten for almost three decades, but its creator returned to his first love and started touring this year with great success (even announcing that a new ELO album will be released). It wasn’t the “space ship” set that conquered the public this time, but the well-known harmonics and Lynne’s heartfelt performance, just as his devotees were used to.