The Electric Light Orchestra Essay

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The Electric Light Orchestra

The Electric Light Orchestra
The biggest compliment a band can get is to have another singer write a song about how
much they like them, as Randy Newman did in 1979 about ELO with the release of "‘The
Story of a Rock and Roll Band." In the song he said, "I love their "Mr. Blue Sky" Almost
my favorite is "Turn to Stone" And how ‘bout "Telephone Line"? I love that ELO'" (Wild

The band created in 1971 by Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, and Bev Bevan used cellos and violins to
create a classical sound. Although Roy Wood left shortly after their first record was
released. The idea came about when Jeff Lynne said to Roy Wood, "‘What if we had a band
with strings- real strings?'" (Wild 9) They were in The Move at the time and decided to
create a band on the side. They called this experimental band The Electric Light
Orchestra. "Of the groups name Lynne remembers, ‘At the time people thought ‘ELO' was
pretty bad. It was like ‘The Electric Light what?' The name was as wacky as the idea
really.'" (Wild 9)

Jeff Lynn was one of the most important members of the band. He was born on December 30,
1947 in Birmingham in the United Kingdom. Lynne was interested in music while he was still
in school. When he was fifteen years his father got him a guitar. Though it was made of
plastic and had only one string he practiced it all the time. (Petersdorff 3) Jeff was a
big Beatles fan. "Lynne is asked if he now admits to being a Beatles fan. ‘I confess,'
Lynne says with a laugh. ‘I'm dead guilty of being a Beatles fan.'" (Wild 10)

Another founding member of the band was Bev Bevan. He was born Beverly Bevan in
Birmingham, U.K. on November 25, 1945. He formed his first professional band, called Denny
Lain and the Diplomats, in 1963.He retired from music to become a furniture salesman, but
then joined Carl Wayne and the Vikings. He then later joined The Move and helped create
ELO. (Petersdorff 4)

The third important member of ELO was Richard Tandy. Tandy was born on March 26, 1948 in
Birmingham, U.K. At Moseley Grammar School he had been taught to play bass and guitar.
Tandy's first gig was at Solihull Civic Hall when he was fifteen. He was in many different
bands before joining ELO. (Petersdorff 5) " ‘Richard Tandy was on keyboards, and he
became my right hand man on most of the ELO stuff.'" (Wild 11)

The Electric Light Orchestra lasted about thirty years, going through as many as eighteen
members. Their first single came out in 1971. In the United Kingdom it was titled 10538
Overture, but due to a miscommunication was titled No Answer in the U.S. (Petersdorff 5)

In 1974 they released their record called Eldorado. "‘One day my dad said to me, ‘No
wonder your bloody tunes are no good.' I said ‘Why?' He said, ‘because they've got no
tune.' So the next record I made was Eldorado, which I did to try and make him love it.
And he did love it.'" (Wild 13) The album won a gold disk. (Landt 6)
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