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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 formed in Birmingham in 1970, by songwriters/multi-instrumentalists Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood with drummer Bev Bevan. Their music is characterised by a fusion of Beatlesque pop, classical arrangements, and futuristic iconography. After Wood's departure in 1972, Lynne became the band's leader, arranging and producing every album while writing virtually all of their original material. For their initial tenure, Lynne, Bevan and keyboardist Richard Tandy were the group's only consistent members.

ELO was formed out of Lynne's and Wood's desire to create modern rock and pop songs with classical overtones. It derived as an offshoot of Wood's previous band, the Move, of which Lynne and Bevan were also members. During the 1970s and 1980s, ELO released a string of top 10 albums and singles, including two LPs that reached the top of British charts: the disco-inspired Discovery (1979) and the science-fiction-themed concept album Time (1981). 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 reunion in 2000–01, ELO remained largely inactive for the next three decades. In 2014, Lynne re-formed the band again with Tandy as Jeff Lynne's ELO, where he resumed concert touring and new recordings under the moniker.

During ELO's original 14-year period of active recording and touring, they sold over 50 million records worldwide, collecting 19 CRIA, 21 RIAA, and 38 BPI awards. For a period in the mid 1970s, the band saw more success 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) without a number one single of any band in US chart history. In 2017, the ELO line-up of Wood, Lynne, Bevan, and Tandy were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1971 The Electric Light Orchestra Electric Light Orchestra 8
1973 Electric Light Orchestra II Electric Light Orchestra 9
1973 On the Third Day Electric Light Orchestra 23
1974 Eldorado: A Symphony by the Electric Light Orchestra Electric Light Orchestra 13
1975 Face the Music Electric Light Orchestra 13
1976 A New World Record Electric Light Orchestra 4.35 17
1977 Out of the Blue Electric Light Orchestra 4.5 19
1979 Discovery Electric Light Orchestra 5 17
1981 Time Electric Light Orchestra 3 13
1983 Secret Messages Electric Light Orchestra 14
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 4
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 2
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 - Best of the Best Electric Light Orchestra 3 4
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
1993 The Very Best of ELO 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 5
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 Playlist: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra Electric Light Orchestra 1
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
ELO Classics - Six Pack Electric Light Orchestra 1
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
2001 Zoom Tour Live Electric Light Orchestra 1
2013 Live Electric Light Orchestra 2 1
2013 Electric Light Orchestra Live Electric Light Orchestra 1
2014 Live in Hyde Park Jeff Lynne's ELO 1
2015 Out of the Blue: Live at Wembley Electric Light Orchestra 1
2017 Wembley or Bust Jeff Lynne’s ELO 4

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 Turn to Stone Electric Light Orchestra 1
1977 Mr. Blue Sky Electric Light Orchestra 1
1977 Mr. Blue Sky / One Summer Dream Electric Light Orchestra 1
1977 Telephone Line / Poorboy (The Greenwood) 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 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

Live

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

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