Electric Light Orchestra
Electric Light Orchestrawas a rock music group from Birmingham, England. Their musical career lasted from 1971 to 1986, then released one album in 2001. The group was managed by Don Arden who is the father of Sharon Osbourne. The band was formed in 1970 by Roy Wood, Jeff Lynne, and Bev Bevan. They were previous members of the 1960's rock group known as The Move. They used instruments such as cellos, violins, horns, and woodwinds. This was Roy Wood’s idea because he wanted to take rock music in a new direction. The group gained recognition in the United States and were known as The English Guys with the big fiddles. They received only minor reviews in their own native U. K.. The band was one of the largest rock bands in the world by the mid-seventies.
The group released their first album called, 10538 Overture in 1970- 1971. The album was released in the United States under the name of, No Answer. This title was a mistake made when an employee of United Artists Record label wrote, no answer, after they failed to reach a certain person they were trying to contact. Problems soon arose between Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne over management and Roy went on to form the group called Wizzard. He took cellist Hugh McDowell and Bill Hunt (horn player) with him. This was just the first of many lineup changes to come within the group. Jeff Lynne stepped up to lead the band and the group was joined by Richard Tandy (Moog synthesizer), Mike de Albuquerque (bass), Mike Edwards and Colin Walker (cello), and Wilfred Gibson on the violin. They stole the show on the 1972 Reading Festival.
Jeff Lynne hired a thirty piece band, in 1974, for their LP, Eldorado, A Symphony by the Electric Light Orchestra. The group had their first Top 10 hit, in 1975, in the United States with, Can’t Get It Out of My Head. The album became their first gold album. Their next gold album, Face the Music, was also released in 1975 but there were a few new changes in their lineup. This was the lineup which would be the most stable and lasted for the rest of the decade. Singles from the album were, Evil Woman, and Strange Music. The group continued to release albums and singles as well as music videos. In 2001, the group released , Zoom, their first album since 1986. They also had a new lineup. There is no news yet of any new releases to come. The group released a total of 29 albums and they had 20 Top 20 hit singles in the U. K. and 15 Top 20 appearances on the Billboard Charts in the U. S.
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