Electric Light Orchestra Biography

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Electric Light Orchestra Electric Light Orchestra, also popularly known as ELO is a progressive rock band that originated from Birmingham, England in 1970. The band was formed on October of 1970 composed of Roy Wood, Jeff Lynne and Bev Bevan.

Wood wanted to form a band that made use of instruments such as violins, cellos and horns to give their music some classical music touch. They proceeded to create a self-titled album employing this fairly unique musical style sometime between 1970 and 1971. The album went on to produce a UK Top Ten hit "10538 Overture".

ELOG had their first gig at the Greyhound Pub in Croydon, Surrey in 1972. Their debut performance was not well received by the people, who did not know what to make of a rock band that included cellos, violins and horns.

But the band eventually moved on to make their first album. But as early as the band formed, so did the tensions between Wood and Lynne surfaced which usually started from managerial problems. This eventually led Wood to leave the group and form another band, leaving Lynne and Bevan with ELO.

Jeff Lynne stepped up to try and lead the band after Wood’s departure despite media speculations that ELO will disband or cease since it was Wood who was considered as the creative force behind the band. Lynne recruited other band members to fill up the vacant spots in the band. Lynne and Bevan were eventually joined by Richard Tandy on the Moog synthesizer, Mike de Albuquerque on bass, Mike Edwards and Colin Walker on cellos and Wilfred Gibson on violin.

This lineup released ELO 2 in 1973 and gave the band their first chart hit in the US with an elaborate version of a Chuck Berry original, "Roll On Beethoven". The band also performed at the 1972 Reading Festival and was able to get noticed by more and more rock fans fascinated by their unique sound.

By 1973, the band was able to attract more and more listeners to their classical style of rock. Their next album Eldorado in 1874 came with another hit "Can’t Get It Out of My Head" which reached the number 16 spot on the US album charts. Other successful albums followed with Lynne’s compositions effectively mixed pop music and rock. From 1976 to 1981, ELO was able to produce a series of having 15 singles charting on the UK Top 20.

But by 1983, Lynne, after several years of touring and making hits for ELO, started to grow tired of the band. By then rumors of the band going their separate ways began to spread. Their subsequent albums still did well for a time until some began to fail reaching the charts. It only took sometime when the band slowly faded from the limelight although no announcement of the disbandment was made. The band formally disbanded in 1988. Lynne then reformed the band with a new lineup sometime in 2001.

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