Personalities | Electric Light Orchestra | Seventies | Rock

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1970–83, 1985–86, 2000–01, 2012)

Devised by Roy Wood (various instruments, vocals) to provide an alternative outlet to The Move, ELO consisted of that group’s remaining members, Jeff Lynne (guitar, piano, vocals) and Bev Bevan (drums). ELO aimed to combine rock with classical instrumentation. Bill Hunt (French horn) and Steve Woolam (violin) were brought in for Electric Light Orchestra (1971) (known as No Answer in the US), after which Wood left to form Wizzard and Lynne took over at the helm. Re-emerging in 1973, after further line-up changes, with a cover of Chuck Berry’s ‘Roll Over Beethoven’, ELO embarked on a run of 15 consecutive UK Top 10 singles and regularly charted in the US with their distinctive symphonic rock.

ELO ended when Lynne left in 1986. Drummer Bev Bevan reformed the group in 1991 as ELO Part 2 when Lynne declined to participate and objected to the use of the original name.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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