Monday, February 20, 2017

An Appreciation For ELO

A celebration, mister blue sky's up there waitin' and today is the day we've waited for... Electric Light Orchestra - Mr. Blue Sky 

The Electric Light Orchestra was one of those bands that you took for granted.  They made great singles in the 1970's, but never really got their due.  That is until now as they are being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

I saw ELO back in 1978 during their peak on their Out of the Blue Tour.  The show began with a closed UFO, which opened and the band appeared from inside.  They proceeded to play their songs with their classic sound for the next few hours.

I remember reading that Jeff Lynne (ELO's leader and one of it's founders) described them as a rock and roll band with strings attached (a funny line).  I think I read that he visited The Beatles while they were recording The White Album and he wanted to put a band together that would start where the Beatle's I Am the Walrus left off.

Listening to ELO today, I appreciate the harmonies and hooks of their music.  Their songs take turns that you don't expect. 

Of course, Jeff Lynne went on to work on various projects including the individual Beatles; Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr & George Harrison; he also worked with George, as well and with Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan & Tom Petty in The Traveling Wilburys.

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