ELO (Electric Light Orchestra)


Electric Light Orchestra

Electric Light Orchestra, commonly abbreviated ELO, were a symphonic rock group from Birmingham, England. ELO were formed in October 1970 to accommodate Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne's desire to create modern pop songs with heavily classical overtones, but falling under a light rock category. However, the band's direction for most of their existence was set by Lynne who, after the band's debut record, wrote and arranged all of the group's original compositions and produced every album.

By the mid-1970s, they had become one of the biggest selling bands in music. From 1972 to 1986, ELO accumulated twenty-seven Top 40 hit single appearances in both the UK and the US. The group also scored twenty Top 20 U.K. hit singles, as well as nineteen Top 20 hit singles in the U.S. Billboard charts, with fifteen in the Hot 100. The band also holds the record for having the most Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 hits of any band in U.S. chart history without ever having a No. 1 single.

Jeff Lynne (born 30 December 1947 in Shard End, Birmingham) - vocals, guitars, bass guitar, keyboards, drums, cello, producer, songwriter, composer, arranger (1970-1986, 2000-2001)

Richard Tandy - keyboards, vocals, bass guitar, guitar, arranger (1972-1986, 2000-2001)

Bev Bevan - drums, percussion, vocals (1970-1986)

Hugh McDowell - cello (1973-1979)

Andy Craig - cellos (1970-1973)

Steve Woolam - violin (1970-1971)

Roy Wood - vocals, guitar, bass guitar, cello, clarinet, bassoon, oboe, drums, recorder, producer, songwriter, arranger (1970-1972)

Bill Hunt - keyboards, French horn, hunting horn (1970-1972)

Michael de Albuquerque - bass guitar, vocals (1972-1974)

Colin Walker - cello (1972-1973)

Mike Edwards - cello (1972-1974)

Wilf Gibson - violin (1972-1973)

Kelly Groucutt - bass guitar, vocals (1975-1983)

Mik Kaminski - cellos, violin (1973-1979, 1983)

Melvin Gale - cello (1975-1979)


Average album rating 1971 No Answer  
Average album rating 1972 Electric Light Orchestra II  
Average album rating 1973 On the Third Day  
Average album rating 1974 Eldorado  
Average album rating 1975 Face the Music  
Average album rating 1976 A New World Record  
Average album rating 1977 Out of the Blue  
Average album rating 1979 Discovery  
Average album rating 1981 Time  
Average album rating 1983 Secret Messages  
Average album rating 1986 Balance of Power  
Average album rating 1991 Electric Light Orchestra, Part Two  
Average album rating 1995 Moment of Truth  
Average album rating 2001 Zoom