Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy Birthday, Jeff Lynne

Happy sixty-fourth birthday today (December 30th) to English singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Jeff Lynne.

Jeff started out by playing music locally in the early 1960's. In 1970, he formed the Electric Light Orchestra (known by many as ELO) with Roy Wood and Bev Bevan. The group were together for sixteen years and made some amazing, innovative records that were a fusion of rock and classical music.

In the late 80's, after working with George Harrison and Tom Petty, he collaborated on a super-group known as the Traveling Wilburys. In the 90's he worked with the surviving Beatles, Joe Cocker, Aerosmith, Tom Jones, Bonnie Tyler and more.

Here are a few of the ELO albums I have previously reviewed on the blog (in case you missed them):

- For 1977's double-disk odyssey Out of the Blue, click here

- For 1979's Discovery, click here

- For the 1980 smash soundtrack to the film Xanadu, click here

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