The English songwriter, composer, arranger, singer, multi-instrumentalist and record producer Jeffrey “Jeff” Lynne Was born 30 December 1947. He was originally a member of the band The Move and Formed British Rock Group Electric Light Orchestra with Roy Wood and Bev Bevan around a fusion of rock and classical music, with the original idea of both The Move and ELO existing in tandem. Roy Wood left in 1972, following the band’s debut record, So Lynne wrote arranged and Produced everything himself. They became enormously successful in the United States, and were billed as “The English guys with the big fiddles”, incorporating complex and unique pop-rock sound mixed with studio strings, layered vocals, and tight, catchy pop singles. In 1973 they released ELO 2 and On the Third Day, in 1974’s Eldorado and Face the Music in 1975. By 1976’s A New World Record. This was followed by The 1977 double album Out of the Blue. The band’s 1978 world tour featured an elaborate “space ship” set and laser light show. In order to recreate the complex instrumental textures of their albums, the band used pre-recorded supplemental backing tracks in live performances. The mid-1970s, they had become one of the biggest-selling acts in music. From 1971 to 1986They released eleven studio albums and another album in 2001 &accumulated 27 Top-40 hit singles in both the UK and the US, with 20 Top 20 UK singles and 15 Top-20 US singles (as charted by Billboard magazine). The band also holds the record for having the most Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 hits of any group in US chart history without ever having a number one single.ELO collected 19 CRIA, 21 RIAA and 38 BPI awards, and sold over 50 million records worldwide.
In 1979, Lynne followed up the success of Out of the Blue with Discovery, containing the songs (“Shine a Little Love” Don’t Bring me Down and “Last Train to London”) and The title’s a play on “disco” and “very”.In 1979, Lynne rejected an offer for ELO to headline the Knebworth Concert in the UK, allowing Led Zeppelin to headline instead. Lynne contributed five tracks to the soundtrack for the 1980 film musicalXanadu. Containing the songs: I’m Alive (UK No. 20), All Over The World (UK No. 11), and the title track Xanadu, which reached number one in the UK. he Rerecorded Xanadu(with his lead vocal) for the 2000 box set Flashback which was loosely adapted into a successful Broadway musical, incorporating almost all of the songs from the original film, and also using two other ELO hits: “Strange Magic” and “Evil Woman”. ln 1981, Lynne took the band in a somewhat different direction with the science-fiction themed album Time, The strings were still featured, but with heavily synthesised textures. Lynne kept this general approach with 1983’s Secret Messages and a final contractually-obligated ELO album Balance of Power in 1986.
ELO now had only three remaining official members (Lynne, Bevan and Tandy), and Lynne began devoting more time to producing. During his time in the Electric Light Orchestra, Lynne released a few solo singles and In 1976, Lynne covered the Beatles songs “With a Little Help from My Friends” and “Nowhere Man” for All This and World War II. In 1977, Lynne released his first solo single, the disco-flavoured “Doin’ That Crazy Thing”/”Goin’ Down to Rio”. Lynne and ELO keyboardist Richard Tandy also contributed two original songs “Video!” and “Let It Run” to the film Electric Dreams . Lynne also wrote the song “The Story of Me,”which was recorded by the Everly Brothers on their comeback album EB84. Lynne began focusing almost exclusively on studio production work and produced and wrote the 1983 top-40 hit “Slipping Away” for Dave Edmunds and played on sessions (with Richard Tandy) for Edmunds’ album, Information. Lynne also produced six tracks on Edmunds’ follow-up album in 1984, Riff Raff.
Lynne’s influence by the Beatles was clearly evident in his ELO work and the connection to the Beatles was strengthened when Lynne produced George Harrison’s Cloud Nine, in 1987, featuring the songs “Got My Mind Set on You”, “When We Was Fab”(featuring Lynne on violin), and “This Is Love”. Lynne’s association with Harrison led to the 1988 formation of the Traveling Wilburys, a studio “supergroup” that included George Harrison, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and Roy Orbison as well as Lynne himself, and resulted in two albums (Vol. 1 and Vol. 3), both co-produced by Lynne. In 1988 Lynne worked on three tracks for Roy Orbison’s album Mystery Girl including “You Got It”. Lynne also co-wrote “Walk Away” on Del Shannon’s final album “Rock On!” And co-produced Full Moon Fever by Tom Petty, which included the hit singles “Free Fallin’”, “I Won’t Back Down”, and “Runnin’ Down a Dream”, all co-written by Lynne. Full Moon Fever and Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 both received nominations for theGrammy Award for Best Album of the Year in 1989. The Traveling Wilburys won a Grammy for “Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal” that year. Lynne’s song “One Way Love” was released as a single by Agnetha Faltskog and appeared on her second post-ABBA album, Eyes of a Woman. Lynne co-wrote and produced the track “Let It Shine” for Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson’s first solo album in 1988 and also contributed three tracks to an album by Duane Eddy and “Falling in Love” on Land of Dreams for Randy Newman.
In 1990, Lynne collaborated on the Wilburys’ follow up Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3 and released his first solo album Armchair Theatre,with old friends George Harrison and Richard Tandy featuring the singles “Every Little Thing” and “Lift Me Up”. Lynne also provided the song “Wild Times” to the motion picture soundtrack Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves in 1991 and returned to the studio with Petty, co-writing and producing the album Into the Great Wide Open for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, which featured the singles “Learning to Fly” and “Into the Great Wide Open”. In 1992 he produced Roy Orbison’s posthumous album King of Hearts, featuring the single “I Drove All Night” and in February 1994, Lynne worked with the three surviving Beatles on the Anthology album series, and at George Harrison’s request Lynne was brought in to assist on the songs “Free as a Bird”and “Real Love”, Lynne has also produced records for Ringo Starr and worked on Paul McCartney’s Grammy nominated album Flaming Pie.
Lynne’s also Produced the 1993 album Something Peculiar for singer/songwriter Julianna Raye, and contributed To albums by Roger McGuinn (Back from Rio), Joe Cocker (Night Calls),Aerosmith (Lizard Love), Tom Jones (Lift me Up), Bonnie Tyler (Time Mends a Broken Heart), the film Still Crazy, Hank Marvin(Wonderful Land and Nivram), Et Moi (Drole De Vie) and the Tandy Morgan Band (Action). In 1996, Lynne was officially recognised by his peers when he was awarded the Ivor Novello Award for “Outstanding Contributions to British Music” for a second time.