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Group members over the years

First Line Up
Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, Bev Bevan, Steve Woolam, Bill Hunt

Second Line Up
Jeff Lynne, Richard Tandy, Bev Bevan, Michael De Albuquerque, Wilf Gibson, Colin Walker, Mike Edwards

Third Line Up
Jeff Lynne, Richard Tandy, Bev Bevan, Kelly Groucutt, Mik Kaminski, Hugh McDowell, Melvyn Gale

Fourth Line Up
Jeff Lynne, Richard Tandy, Bev Bevan, Kelly Groucutt, Mik Kaminski, Louis Clark, Dave Morgan

Fifth Line Up
Jeff Lynne, Richard Tandy, Bev Bevan

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The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) are an English rock band from Birmingham. They were formed in 1970 by songwriters/multi-instrumentalists Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne with drummer Bev Bevan. Their music is characterized by a fusion of Beatlesque pop, classical arrangements, and futuristic iconography. After Wood's departure in 1972, Lynne became the group's leader, arranging and producing every album while writing virtually all of their original material.

The band was formed to accommodate Wood's and Lynne's desire to create modern rock and pop songs with classical overtones, deriving as an offshoot of Wood's previous band the Move, of which Lynne and Bevan were also members. ELO were most active during the 1970s and 1980s, recording a string of studio albums that include the conceptual works Eldorado (1974) and Time (1981). For their initial tenure, Lynne, Bevan, and keyboardist Richard Tandy were the group's only consistent members. In 1986, Lynne lost interest in the band and ceased its operation. Bevan responded by forming his own band, ELO Part II, which later became the Orchestra. With the exception of a short-lived reformation in 2000–01, ELO remained largely inactive for the next three decades. In 2014, Lynne reformed the band once again with Tandy as Jeff Lynne's ELO, where he resumed concert touring and new recordings under the moniker.

During ELO's original 13-year period of active recording and touring, they sold over 50 million records, collecting 19 CRIA, 21 RIAA and 38 BPI awards, Despite early singles' success in the United Kingdom, the band was initially more successful in the United States, where they were billed as "The English guys with the big fiddles". From 1972 to 1986, ELO accumulated twenty Top 20 songs on the UK Singles Chart, and fifteen Top 20 songs on the US Billboard Hot 100. The band also holds the record for having the most Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 hits, 20, of any group in US chart history without having a number one single.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1971 The Electric Light Orchestra Electric Light Orchestra 7
1973 Electric Light Orchestra II Electric Light Orchestra 6
1973 On the Third Day Electric Light Orchestra 21
1974 Eldorado: A Symphony by the Electric Light Orchestra Electric Light Orchestra 12
1975 Face the Music Electric Light Orchestra 9
1976 A New World Record Electric Light Orchestra 4.4 15
1977 Out of the Blue Electric Light Orchestra 4.5 17
1979 Discovery Electric Light Orchestra 5 16
1981 Time Electric Light Orchestra 3 11
1983 Secret Messages Electric Light Orchestra 11
1986 Balance of Power Electric Light Orchestra 10
2001 Zoom Electric Light Orchestra 4 6
2015 Alone in the Universe Jeff Lynne’s ELO 3 5

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1974 Showdown Electric Light Orchestra 1
1976 Olé ELO Electric Light Orchestra 2
1977 The Light Shines On Electric Light Orchestra 1
1979 ELO's Greatest Hits Electric Light Orchestra 4 5
1979 The Light Shines On, Volume 2 Electric Light Orchestra 1
1985 A Perfect World of Music Electric Light Orchestra 3
1985 The Light Years Electric Light Orchestra 1
1986 First Movement Electric Light Orchestra 1
1989 The Very Best of the Electric Light Orchestra Electric Light Orchestra 1
1990 The Very Best of the Electric Light Orchestra Electric Light Orchestra 4.25 3
1990 Afterglow Electric Light Orchestra 5 1
1990 ELO Classics Electric Light Orchestra 1
1990 The Very Best of ELO Electric Light Orchestra 1
1991 Early ELO 1971–1973 Electric Light Orchestra 1
1992 Burning Bright Electric Light Orchestra 2
1992 Collection Gold Electric Light Orchestra 1
1992 Definitive Collection Electric Light Orchestra 3 3
1992 ELO's Greatest Hits II, Volume Two Electric Light Orchestra 1
1992 Livin' Thing: Best Electric Light Orchestra 1
1993 The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra 1
1993 The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra: The Chart Singles Collection Electric Light Orchestra 1
1994 The Best Of Electric Light Orchestra 5 1
1994 The Very Best of the Electric Light Orchestra Electric Light Orchestra 2
1995 Electric Light Orchestra Electric Light Orchestra 1
1995 Strange Magic: The Best of Electric Light Orchestra Electric Light Orchestra 1
1996 All Time Greatest, Part Two Electric Light Orchestra 1
1996 Roll Over Beethoven Electric Light Orchestra 2
1996 The Gold Collection Electric Light Orchestra 2
1997 Light Years: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra Electric Light Orchestra 4
1999 Friends and Relatives Electric Light Orchestra 1
1999 The BBC Sessions Electric Light Orchestra 1
2000 Flashback Electric Light Orchestra 2
2000 The Swedish Collection - The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra Electric Light Orchestra 1
2001 The Ultimate Collection Electric Light Orchestra 2
2003 The Essential Electric Light Orchestra Electric Light Orchestra 3
2004 Early Years Electric Light Orchestra 1
2005 All Over the World: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra Electric Light Orchestra 15
2006 Harvest Years 1970–1973 Electric Light Orchestra 1
2006 Discovery / Time Electric Light Orchestra 1
2007 Ticket to the Moon: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra, Volume 2 Electric Light Orchestra 2
2008 Greatest Hits Electric Light Orchestra 1
2010 Original Album Classics Electric Light Orchestra 5 1
2011 All Over the World: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra Electric Light Orchestra 1
2011 The Classic Albums Collection Electric Light Orchestra 1
2012 Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra Electric Light Orchestra 4
2015 The Very Best of ELO Electric Light Orchestra 2
The Best of Electric Light Orchestra Electric Light Orchestra 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 The Night the Light Went On (in Long Beach) Electric Light Orchestra 3
1998 Live at Wembley '78 Electric Light Orchestra 1
1998 Live at Winterland '76 Electric Light Orchestra 1
1999 Live at the BBC Electric Light Orchestra 2
2013 Electric Light Orchestra Live Electric Light Orchestra 1
2014 Live in Hyde Park Electric Light Orchestra 1
2015 Out of the Blue: Live at Wembley Electric Light Orchestra 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980 Xanadu (1980 original film cast) John Farrar, Jeff Lynne; Olivia Newton-John / Electric Light Orchestra 7

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1976 Evil Woman Electric Light Orchestra 1
1976 Strange Magic Electric Light Orchestra 1
1976 Livin’ Thing Electric Light Orchestra 1
1977 Mr. Blue Sky Electric Light Orchestra 1
1977 Telephone Line / Poorboy (The Greenwood) Electric Light Orchestra 1
1977 Turn To Stone Electric Light Orchestra 1
1978 Wild West Hero Electric Light Orchestra 1
1978 Sweet Talkin’ Woman Electric Light Orchestra 2
1979 Showdown / Roll Over Beethoven Electric Light Orchestra 1
1979 Confusion / Last Train to London Electric Light Orchestra 2
1979 Don’t Bring Me Down Electric Light Orchestra 1
1979 Shine a Little Love Electric Light Orchestra 1
1980 I'm Alive / Drum Dreams Electric Light Orchestra 1
1981 Hold On Tight Electric Light Orchestra 1
1981 Twilight Electric Light Orchestra 1
1983 Four Little Diamonds Electric Light Orchestra 1
1983 Rock 'n' Roll Is King Electric Light Orchestra 2
1986 Calling America Electric Light Orchestra 3
2006 Surrender Electric Light Orchestra 2

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
ELO Classics - Six Pack Electric Light Orchestra 1

Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 Greatest Hits Live, Part II Electric Light Orchestra 1

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